Confederate Veteran Association
State of Oklahoma
Major General Daniel M. Hailey
Commanding the Oklahoma Division
McA tester, Oklahoma
It is with much pleasure that I am able again to dedicate to my old Com-
rades another book. Each of the past seven years of my life I have been fortunate
enough to be able to give to each of my Comrades a booklet that has been intend-
ed to cheer them in their declining days. 1 f I have in the least succeeded in this
I have been well paid for the expnse and time I have put on them.
Before long we will all be called "across the river" and I hope that our sons
and daughters will cherish the memory of the men who, from 'oi to -65, fought
for a principle that still lives in the hearts of all Southland.
It is to these that I dedicate this little book, hoping that it will in a measure,
gladden the hearts of all who receive it.
Your Friend and Comrade,
I). M. IIAILRY,
Commanding Oklahoma Division, U. C. V.
Proceedings State Reunion
United Confederate Reunion
Durant Octobers, 4, 5, 1916
At 2:30 P. M. the convention was called to order
by Gen. D. M. Hailey.
Invocation by Rev. J. B. Ogle, of Durant
The Girls' String Band of Ada was present and
rendered several numbers while the convention was or-
Hon. W. E. Utterback of Durant. was introduced
by General Hailey, and made the address of welcome
to the veterans. His address was in part:
"Old Confederate Veterans, Ladies and Gentlemen:
I will ask you to pardon my embarrassment for two
reasons-. First, I am occupying a pulpit, which you are
undoubtedly aware, is a queer and unaccustomed placa
for a lawyer, and secondly, for he first time I have had
the pleasure and been honored with the opportunity to
talk to you old boys. As a southern boy I was taught to
revere the memory of the name Confederate, and was
raised at the knee of a confederate mother. Father
started at the age of 18 and quit at the surrender at
Appomattox. The four years that you served you gained
great victories and won deeds of valor never dreamed of
before. 1 cannot go into details of those glorious vie-
tories and those glorious defeats, but I desire to call your
attention to the fact that the ex-confederate has not only
proved himself a soldier in time of war but in piping
times of peace come home to a broken country and has
woven himself a home and a country that has reared its
head above the rest of the world and made it the peer
of any country on earth. They turned from swords to
plowshares and made their plowshares as mighty in the
world of affairs as were their swords in time of strife.
He proved himself a soldier worthy of the name and
this is he that I am facing today and making an effort
in my feeble way to welcome to our city.
"Thos. Jefferson, the greatest Democrat that ever
lived, was a product of the South. President Wilson,
who by his masterly handling of a most delicate situa-
tion, has kept us out of war that at times seemed inevit-
able is a product of the South. The men who are the
mainstays of our government in Washington today, are
men of the South.
s 'The pepper and salt of Durant told me to tell you
that they wanted to see you and wanted their children
to see you and hear you and take you as a model for
their future. Every man and woman told me to tell
you that we wanted you because we loved you and it
was a pleasure to entertain you, and that our little city
was wide open to you, and their was a warm and hearty
welcome extended to every veteran who came to this
reunion. 1 thank you."
After the applause subsided the Girls' String Band
rendered a patriotic air that was heartily cheered.
Col. R. A. Sneed was asked by General Hailey to
respond to the address of welcome. His remarks were
"Only a few moment ago General Hailey notified
me of the change in the program. I am not accustom "d
to making speeches in public, but I would be false to
you and to myself should 1 not respond to the speech
just made by this able and splendid young man. Whe 1
I heard that Durant was to entertain us this year I was
satisfied. I said ninety per cent southern blood, and
that was sufficient; my comrades here present prove
that my theory was shared by them. A few of us went
to the Daughters* meeting this morning. We drank in
most interestedly what they said. I wish all could have
been there. Their work was an inspiration. If the Sons
would show the same zest and interest what a wonderful
organization they would have. Every report was in per-
fect form and every officer had her report ready when
it was" called for. All business was transacted on a
perfect business basis and it was a pleasure as well as
revelation to see them work.
"1 never get to talking in public that I don't make
a few remarks about our Home. I am very proud of
that Home. It is a wonderful place and our old comrades
there are happy and well satisfied. About fifty or sixty
of us were there yesterday and were entertained at din-
ner. 1 never saw anybody enjoy an occasion more, boi h
inmates and visitors. I have been a member of the
Board of Control from the beginning and 1 am prouu
of our institution. The Daughters have a fund and
with it accomplish much good. It should be the duty
and pleasure of every comrade to make a visit to this
"We have been entertained in several cities since we
began holding our state reunions but in none hav we
been treated more royally than in your little city of
Durant. We have been here before and this time we
come back perfectly at home- And now in behalf of the
Confederate veterans I thank you for your hospitality.
We are glad to visit you and glad to honor you and
your good governor who is with us today."
The Girls' String Band played "Dixie" and the stir-
ring tones brought the veterans to their feet. At its con-
clusion the "Rebel Yell" was given twice with such vim
as to fairly shake the rafters.
Next on the program was appointment of commit-
tees. General Hailey announced the following as mem-
bers of the Credentials committee: Capt. F. J. Barrett,
Chairman, Col. J. K. LaRue, Capt. M. G. McDonald,
Major J. R. Acuff.
Committee on Resolutions: Gen. T. D. Turner,
Chairman, Col. R. A. Sneed, Gen. Thos. D. Bard, Major
Allen, Col. John R. Pulliam.
General Hailey introduced Governor Robt. L. Wil-
liams, who made a short talk to the Veterans. Gover-
nor Williams spoke in part as follows:
"I come here today to make the great office I hold
pay respect to this organization. It is a pleasure to come
as the representative of the State and revere and honor
not only those living but also those dead who represent
the Confederate cause. They represented a just and
righteous cause. The very principles that they advocated
and fought for are today the very foundations of our
law and government. When Gen. Robt. E, Lee sheathed
his sword at Appomattox he did not do so as a de-
feated general, but rather as a man who had fought for
principle and was forced to quit not because his prin-
ciple was' wrong or that he was defeated but because he
was overpowered by superior numbers.
"Eleven years ago when you met here Cor your
list state reunion in the big tent I had the honor of
Laking the welcome address. That was a great pleasure
.11 id now it is a greater one to be able to address you
.1 I he. governor of this great commonwealth of Okla-
homa. While I am talking to you today it will not he
amiss for me to make something of a report regarding
what has been done in Oklahoma City in behalf of the
• on federate Veterans 1 of Oklahoma. At the capitol there
i a room being built that will have on the door, '•Con-
federate Veterans. " That room is for you, it is yours.
If will be ready for you by this time next year and I
iim glad to have you come while I am governor of the
tate for I will account it a great honor to turn the
keys over to you. In that room you can preserve your
history and your mementos. We have another for the
Union soldiers. These rooms are 24 feet by 18 feet.
"While we have a united country everything at the
capitol as long as I am there will be equality every-
"The state has made as best it could, provision
Cor the old Confederate soldiers. Besides the Confed-
erate Home it has provided $4 8,000 in pensions which
is about $30 per man. This seems small but when I
tell you that West Virginia provides no more and prob-
ably others have just as little, it is 1 not so bad since we
are new at the business and had no way of knowing just
how many veterans we had in our state. It is our pur-
pose to keep up the good work and provide as best we
can for the old soldiers. The heavy burdens at
(his time have prevented us from giving more just now.
but as 1 we cut these down we will have more funds out
Of which to appropriate.
"The room for the Confederates at the Capitol I hat
I just spoke of will be fire proof, have fire proof vaults
and everything sacred to the cause can be placed there
with perfect safety. I have been in many capitols of the
south but have never yet seen such a room as this.
When it is Jinished 1 want you to send a committee or
as many as you can, I \vant70u to come and see just
what sort of a room it is and then begin to fill it up
with confederate treasures. 1 want to turn this room
over to the committee myself. It will be one of the
proudest moments of my life.
"My main purpose in coming here today to address
you was* to do myself the honor and to share the honor of
my home town in extending you our hospitality. This is
a pleasure that we will not have many years more anil
it is our duty to attend to it right now. Many of you
are growing old and will not attend many more of these
reunions and it is up to the younger generation to mak ■
your visits as pleasant as possible.
"In closing I want to say that as long as I am Gov-
ernor of this state, the old Confederate soldier will find
me always ready to listen and ready to perform any
service that will lighten his burden. 1 will always meet
him with a smile and a hearty hand grasp. I thank you."
Major Allen, at the conclusion of the Governor's
address, moved a rising vote of thanks for the honor
conferred upon them by his- presence and for the mam*
pleasant tilings said about the Confederate veterans and
their cause. Motion carried unanimously.
The Girls* String Band rendered some stirring airs
and the veterans applauded vigorously.
General Hailey next on the program rendered Ills
annual address as Commander of the Oklahoma Division.
After more music by the band Gen, \l. B. Coleman,
Adjutant General of the Oklahoma Division, read his
report for the past year. It was well read and very
1 ling. It held the audience in strictest attention.
At this point in the program the convention toad
official notice Of the death during the previous night of
one of the veterans who was a resident of Durant. A
recess of twenty minutes was taken to pay respects to the
General H:iil<\v introduced Mr. Hayes of Durant who
delivered the welcome address on behalf of the Sons:
"Mr. Commander, Ladies, Gentlemen and Sons:
When I see you gathered together here before me and
realize what you have gone through in our behalf I am
prone to give up and admit that I am not equal to the
Occasion. However I am here to make a talk and I must
do It. I am like the little boy with the preacher, 'I will
|0 to t lie devil if I don't.'
"Abraham Lincoln was a great man but he was not
One, two, three with Robert E. Lee.
"I was born in the South, raised in the South and
i infancy have had the splendid and noble example
Of the veterans who fought for our cause during the
late sixties, now what sort of a man would I be if 1
w.-re not loyal to their cause and not devoted to these vet-
erans? 1 love these veterans and I revere the cause
i hey fought for and I shall endeavor to emulate the
■ sample of their stoical, persevering and heroic actions
.luring and after that titanic struggle. After the fierce
struggle they returned to their homes only to prove thai
their bravery was not exceeded by their recuperating
powers and as a result it was only a few short years until
the South was again the same old South with the same
Old supremacy that she was before the sixties. Why
Should we not admire such men? Just the other day
"Cyclone" Davis was sent from Congress to his home in
Texas because he did not have the proper respect for
I he old Confederate veteran. He slandered these old
comrades and his constituency resented it as they should
and now he is worse than a private citizen; he is a
political outcast and a man denied by his own people.
"As a further proof of the faculties for recovering
from the most adverse circumstances, today the highest
office in our government is occupied by a Southern man.
Cabinet positions are filled with them, in fact when they
want to fill an important office it has become the habit
to look for a southern man.
"t am proud to see you all looking so lively. You
may have the years but most of you are still young.
You can take what is left of you and today you could
lick Villa and the whole Mexican army or outfit as you
"If he is a Confederate veteran it means that he was
a good soldier and an excellent man.
"We welcome you to our midst and will do every-
thing we can to make your stay with us pleasant as
possible. We will give you to eat and give you to drink
and see that you have a good bed to sleep in. We will gi- e
you our beds and sleep on the floor and if that is not
enough you can sleep on the floor with us. We don't
care if seven hundred of you come we will take care of
all of you. I heard one man say, 'If these old men want
to do anything let them do it and whatever the cost
charge it to me.' That is the way we all feel ab^ut it
and we want you to make ycurselves perfectly at home
among us. 1 thank you." Loud and continued ap-
plause followed the close of his address.
The Girls' String Band entertained the audience
with some choice music.
General Hailey then introduced Mrs. Paullen of
Durant, who delivered the address of welcome in be-
half of the Daughters.
"Commander, Ladies and Gentlemen and especial!/
Daughters: 1 can't talk like these lawyers and make
the flowery speeches that they can but I can be just as
sincere and mean just as much, I can welcome you from
the bottom of mv heart and they can do no more. The
Daughters are not the biggest organization in the wrrld
but it is the best because we are all strictly southern.
"When I was notified by the committee that I would
be expected to make the speech of welcome to the Daugh-
ters, I studied and wrote assiduously. Several things I
thought were good ideas and would go splend'dly. How-
ever much as I did there is not one of those ideas 1 comes
to me at this time.
"There are some things that occur to me that I
thought of several Limes when we were preparing for
tills reunion and I think of them now. I want to say
Mini our finance committee is due much credit for
i-iniulid manner in which it has helped the Daugh-
ter B out in their preparations for this reunion. The
■ • 1 1 h came to our assistance when we needed them badly
■ ml they stayed with us until now and have helped us to
make the success of this reunion. They were glad to
vi' their time, their money and their ideas and we
i i i;i inly used all three. . I want to make public acknowl-
edgment °' their services now while we are all here as
i w.i 11 1 them to have the honor and credit due them.
"We are especially glad to entertain the greatest
men on earth, the Confederate soldier. You are recog-
nized as honorable and brave and your fame as soldiers*
i i i»ter national. The generals in the immense armies
Of Europe are today making open admission of the fact
Unit they are using the tactics of Generals Robert E. Lee
and Stonewall Jackson. What greater tribute can be
paid to a general and his men? My father was only a
private but a private in the confederate army was a man
"We have no keys to the city and therefore can turn
mine over to you. We threw them in the river because
we did not need them. The city is wide open to you,
i very house and every door in every house. We hope t •
make it pleasant for you, so pleasant that it will be a
red letter day in your life. We wouldn't mind adopting
you a bit, but that would make trouble everywhere else
\mi are known. Wc love you and are glad you are
here. In behalf of this Chapter of Daughters of the
Confederacy 1 hope you will enjoy yourselves to the
fullest extent. I thank you." Tremendous applause.
Mrs. Purdy of Tulsa was then called upon to respond
to the welcome address on behalf of the Daughters. Her
address in part was as.' follows:
"The moment we stepped from the train in your city
we felt the hospitality in the air. Your homes and hearts
were opened to us and there were no keys at all to the
city. A half century has passed since the colors that bare
victory have been furled. Only a few remain to tell
the story and soon there will be none. These noble men
have built anew from the ashes and no tongue can tell
the praises that have been sung to their honor nor can
any man express the full sentiment we owe them for the
splendid manner in which they returned to those ashes.
and with an honest heart and perseverance started to
work again to rebuild the fortunes that had been de-
stroyed. It is not necessary for me to say how well that
duty has 1 been performed. Today the South, as the result
of their activities, knows no superior in the civilized
world for industries and financial standing and bows t >
no nation in the superiority of her intellectuality. We
are thoroughly alive to all this, and we appreciate it
from the bottom of our hearts. We are here today to
help in our feeble way to perpetuate the name and fame
of you wonderful old veterans who have made such a
wonderful record. We are going to do our best and we
hope to make today a red letter one in your lives a-
well as in our own."
Next on the program was a reading by Miss Eliza-
beth Jordan. This' was a negro monologue and brought
down the house.
Convention was adjourned to 9 A. M.
Convention was called to order by General Hailey
;il 9 o'clock.
Invocation was pronounced by Brother Merman
Gen. R. B. Coleman read a telegram from the Secre-
tary of Hon. Chas. D. Carter, stating that the Congress-
man was ill and would not be able to address the con-
vention, and conveying his greetings and best wishes to
the reunion veterans.
General Hailey appointed Capt. Dan J. Kendall,
sergeant at arms for the convention.
The Girls' String Band rendered some southern airs
in such a manner as to draw forth several times the
famous "rebel yell."
At this point in the program General Hailey ap-
pointed Colonel Sneed and General Turner a committee
to wait on the Daughters and escort them to the con-
vention hall for a joint meeting with the veterans.
The officers of the Daughters were invited to seats
on the rostrum.
General Hailey: "It gives me much pleasure to
introduce to you the President and officers of the Daugh-
ters of the Oklahoma Division and to express my delight
and pleasure for myself and for all the veterans present
that they have come to visit with us today. J^very veteran
present feels the beneficient influence and is spurred on to
a livelier interest in the organization. The Daughters are
the active workers. If the Sons were half as aggressive
and gave their organization half the attention that the
Daughters do we would have no apprehension whatever
that our history or our cause would suffer when we have
gone to join our comrades over the river. If they
came to our reunions as do our Daughters this hall would
not hold them today. I see some of the Sons present,
General Glass 1 and General Tate Bradv. I hope they
will take this lesson home with them. However, I have
not one particle of criticism to make of either of them
as I know of my own knowledge that they made every
effort to increase the interest of the Sons during i the
past year, held many meetings in various cities of j the
state and helped Colonel Bruce to organize several new
"We' have rather a peculiar eoincid*ence today in the
fact that the Commander of the Veterans of the Okla-
homa Division and the President of the Daughters' are
father and daughter. I doubt if this has ever occurred
before in the history of our organization. I can see that
she is 1 anxious to talk so I will introduce Mrs. Walcott, of
Ardmore, President of the Daughters who will address
Mrs. Walcott: "I feel, as my father has said, too
full for utterance. I like always 1 to be with you and we
work with you and for you. We have a decided interest
in the Home, where we maintain a fund, for the comfort
of the Veterans there, but we do not allow our efforts
to stop there, Besides the camps, we make it a point to
look after individual comrades when they cross our path
and need our assistance.
"We are) also looking after children and grand-
children of the Veterans. We send to the Chickasha
College for Women one pupil each year. As we grow
older and stronger we will take care of more. We are
always' glad to meet with the Veterans, it is an in-
spiration and it was a happy thought that arranged that
at each reunion we should have one day on which we
are to have joint meetings. It accentuates the feeling
we have all along enjoyed for you and makes your inter-
ests ever present to us. We hope to meet you all for
many more years yet.
"I will not try to monopolize the time as there are
other to speak, besides we have the ceremony of the pre-
sentation of flags. I thank you."
Mrs. S. P. Ross', of Ada, Flag Bearer for the Daugh-
ters, was introduced and explained the ceremony of pre-
senting the flags of the various chapters over the state to
the president of the local chapter. After the explanation
the roll of chapters was called and as each was called the
flag bearer from that chapter walked to the rostrum and
presented her chapter's flag to Mrs. Ross. When this was
completed Mrs. Ross, in a few happily chosen words pre-
sented them all to Mrs. Paullin, President of the Durant
Chapter. As each flag was presented the Veterans de-
livered the "rebel yell." At the completion the String
Band played "Dixie" and for a few moments there was
wild confusion. The local chapter's president in accept-
ing the flags, said: "In the name of Julia Jackson
Chapter we accept these flags as the greatest trophy ever
received. We accept them with love and the assurance
that no dust will ever be allowed to collect on them." ,
General Hailey stated that there were several
Daughters present and he knew they all liked to talk
and he was in favor of giving them a chance. The first
victim of the surprise was Mrs. Gill of Atoka. Mrs.
Gill being introduced said: "Dr. Hailey has taken an
unfair advantage. He thinks by surprising us in this
manner that we will fall down like the men do, but we
will fool him this time. I hardly know what to talk
about but of course we can always talk about our chap-
ter. When I came to this country many years ago there
was no chapter at Atoka and we were not able to get
sufficient together to have one. I was deeply interested
and when we failed to get one at Atoka I put my appli-
cation in at Durant. Later I found that we had sufficient
material at Atoka for a chapter and we made application
for one. Later we got our chapter and I became a char-
ter member of it. From that time on we have had a very
successful one and always manage to get around to the
reunions that we love so dearly. I know so many of you
old veterans that I feel that you are kin folks. Your
Commissioner of Charities and Corrections married an
old sweetheart of my father. With such association how
could I be otherwise than I am? 1 see Brother Tread well
over there. To me he looks like Uncle. Sam, and I believe
you will all agree with me when you take a look. Dr.
Hailey says he looks more like Uncle Ned, but Uncle Ned
had no hair where the hair ought to grow." (Mrs. Gill
made a splendid talk.)
The band then rendered some fine music.
Mrs t Mike Conlon of Oklahoma City was then called
on by General Hailey to make a speech. "General Hailey
delights in taking us by surprise. He thinks because we
can talk at home we can do just as well when we are
called upon to address an audience of this kind. We
will do our best. There is a love of home and country
which we all feel, but there is a greater love, the love of
a soldier. We are here today paying our respects and
love to the soldier. We are here today honoring those
noble men who fought for our liberties and for our rights'
who preserved to us our principles in the face of over-
whelming odds. We are here today in an effort to per-
petuate the history and memory of those brave men and
I can name nothing that could give me more -pleasure.
I see before me many of you who belonged to the Indian
Territory troops. I was born in the old Indian Territory
and my father was a member of that body. I am sure
I could not love anything more than his memory, for
his loyalty and bravery for the cause of the South,
"We have a good chapter in Oklahoma City and try
always to be ready to respond to the call of any old vet-
eran who may need our assistance. We are always glad
to do this and are glad at all times to do what we can
for the comfort of the comrades who are in the Hom.3.
I am glad indeed of the opportunity to say a few words
to you. I thank you."
General Hailey then said that he had another
Daughter that he knew would be delighted to talk. She
always did like to talk and believed she always would.
She had been with the chapters of the old Indian Terri-
tory and was the first president of the new Oklahoma
Division of the Daughters. Mrs.. W. T. Culbertson, of
Kiowa, past president of the Daughters of the Confed-
eracy in Oklahoma.
Mrs. Culbertson's remarks were in part: "Dr.
Hailey thinks a woman can talk on any subject at an/
time. We can do it at home but not before an assembly.
"1 was at the first reunion that was held in Durant
fifteen years ago, and have never missed one since. My
father was here during the war as a purveyor of medi-
cine* in this section and in North Texas. My grandfather
was a Cherokee. The Cherokees split on the war; some
went north and some south. This made the Cherokee
Nation a very hot place during the Civil war. On ac-
count of the surcharged atmosphere in the old Cherokee
Nation my father came south to Boggy Depot and was
with the army in this section throughout the war. You
know I have loved this organization and I love to come
and meet with you veterans'. 1 love to go to the Home
at Ardmore and meet with them there and see how happy
they are in their declining years. It is one of our great-
est pleasures to add some to their comfort and make
them as cheerful as if they were at their own fireside.
We do everything we can for them and we are just as
zealous in the attention and care that we show to their
children. We want them to grow up and be worthy
successors to their worthy fathers. I could talk to you
longer but I can s'ee that Dr. Hailey is getting anxious to
make some other Daughter miserable so will yield the
floor. I thank you."
The Girls' String Band rendered "Old Black Joe"
amidst the shouts of the veterans.
Mrs. Mabel Anderson, of Pryor, was the next Daugh-
ter to address the veterans. She said: "I am always
pleased to meet with the veterans. I have been taught
to honor Old Glory, but from grandmother's knee was
taught to revere the Confederate flag. I still feel that
there is nothing thrills like the old Stars and Bars, As
a grand niece of General Stand Waitie, I feel that I be-
long to you and you to me. Many of you know General
Stand Waitie but maybe many of you do not know him
well enough. He was a great man and a great general
and I am proud of the distinction of being a relative of
his. It is this sort of connection that endears me to
the veterans and to the cause of the Confederacy. 1
love all the veterans and always will revere them for
their bravery and loyalty. I thank you.''
Next to address the veterans was Mrs. G. B. Hester,
affectionately known to the veterans as "Mother" Hester.
In introducing her General Hailey said: "1 have known
Mrs. Hester since I was a little boy.* 5 Mrs. Hester said:
"Dr. Hailey is a privileged character and I will just as"k
you to consider the source. General Hailey knew my
husband very well. I am in my 78th. year and I knew
him when he was a young man directly after the war.
These services have carried me back. I don't know that
I have ever been reconstructed. The others fought for
what they thought was right, but they were not right.
I am still a Confederate. Many were the soldiers that I
took into my home and nursed back to health and
gave them meals and cared for them as I would for my
own children and many the times have I seen them
wrapped in their old gray blankets' and laid away with-
out boxes. I cried and said, 'some poor mother's son laid
away.' 1 am filled this morning with sad reminiscences.
I have been taken back to those days and they are now
a vivid picture to my mind. 1 remember how brave
and how valiant were our Indian troops and how kind
and gentle when need be. The Indians in the Choctaw
Nation were for the south and they had the instincts of
the southerner. A sick or wounded soldier would find
sanctuary in the home of an Indian as readily as in the
home of a white man and the nursing and tender atten-
tion would be as good and great. Much good have they
done that will never be known. They were brave and
they were as tender as they were brave. May you vet-
erans when you have run the race here below and go to
that bourne from which no traveller returns, united with
your comrades and live with them the life everlasting
that you have so well earned. I thank you."
Upon the conclusion of the remarks of Mrsi Hester,
General T. D. Turner came immediately to the front of
the stage. He was visibly touched and asked that a ris-
ing vote of thanks and congratulations' be tendered to
Mrs. Hester. This was done amid much applause.
General Turner then added: "I am deeply touched by
the remarks of Mrs. Hester, in fact I can hardly restrain
the tears that are forcing themselves from my eyes.
I want to corroborate everything she has said about the
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Indians. It is true, every word of it, absolutely true.
I volunteered when I was 15 years old. We came down
Little River, Pine Bluff and Saline River in 1864, Mar-
maduke, Cabel and Price thought they could draw forces
attacking Bragg, from Tennessee to this country. I
was in the last raid to Missouri at Kansas City. We
were literally torn to pieces, fifteen thousand against
sixty-five thousand. We came tattered and torn to this
section again. At Newton, Missouri, 1 was wounded,
shot in the leg- I was hauled in an ambulance to this
country. We crossed the Arkansas River in the most
demoralized condition any army ever was. 1 was left
with the Small wood family near Doaksville. They were
full bloods. . They took me in and kept me for six weeks'
and during that time I was splendidly taken care of.
I had as good attention as I would have had anywhere
with the conveniences. They were great people, good
and brave and loyal. I know something of Mrs. Hester
and General Stand Waitie and they were among the
greatest people of the Civil war. I want to know more
of Mrs. Hester; I love her people."
General Hailey: "I knew the Smallwood who Gen-
eral Turner Speaks of. He was later Governor of the
Choctaw Nation and made one of the best executives
the Nation ever had. He was my friend on Sugar Creek.
In 1868 I taught school there and boarded at his 1 house.
No more magnanimous 1 man or family ever lived than
General Hailey suggested that as the veterans and
the Daughters had been heard from it was now up to
the Sons to have their say. General Glass, commander of
ihe Oklahoma Division of the Sons and recently appointed
Brigadier General for the Trans-Mississippi Department
( f the Sons, was present and General Hailey called on
him for a, few remarks. He spoke as follows:
"Commander, Daughters and Veterans: 1 have
listened to the speeches made here this morning and I
am deeply touched. My father wore a uniform like
yours and like the one I have on. He would be pleased
and it would do his heart good to be here and see you
and see me wearing the same uniform that he wore
during his trials and tribulations. He was? born in Ala-
bama and so was 1, which is one of the reasons I am so
. fond of the South, the other is of .course that my whale
family espoused the cause of the- South, and my father
and all his folks who were able, fought for the prin-
ciples that you old Veterans fought for.
"We, the sons', accept the rebuke that we have not
done our part. At Birmingham, however, we reported
sixteen new camps which was more than that of any
other state. We did considerable work last winter to
get these new camps organized and 1 feel that we can
get them to going in a vigorous manner again. 1 am not
president of the Oklahoma Division of the Sons now, as
at Birmingham I was appointed Commander of the .
Trans-Mississ'ippi Department of the Sons, General Tate
Brady has been working with me in the matter of or-
ganizing new camps and with his valuable co-operation
we hope to have a splendid representation at Washing-
ton when we go there for our next annual reunion.
"I love Gen, Stonewall Jackson, he has always been
my ideal as a man and as a general. I have always
thought that if he had been in charge of the Confederate
forces they would have gone right on to Washington,
"The South fought a good war and fought for a
principle. No principle was ever won by force of arms 1
and it is for that reason if for -no other, the South was
never whipped. The cause that she fought for is still
right' and prevails.
"I am going to do all I can to increase the interest
of the Sons. The burden now belongs to them and
should be lifted from the shoulders of you veterans and
I am going to do everything in my power to see if 1
can bring about this happy situation. I know if we all
show the proper spirit we will not be ashamed when we
face you at the next reunion and will not be forced to
make excuses for not being here in force. I thank you."
General Tate Brady, of Tulsa, was then introduced.
He said in part: "There is one day in the year that I
look forward to, the day of the Annual State Reunion
of the Veterans, Daughters and Sons. The pleasure, of
meeting with you once a year I account a great one and
I am always anxious *to have the date of that meeting.
1 love to he with you people who have made it possible
to celebrate an occasion of this kind. Coming as you
have like the patriarchs and pioneers from the Missis-
sippi valley, you have, like Mother Hester, built up a
religious community the equal in fervor of any in the
eastern states. 1 have enjoyed this joint meeting. This
is the first time I have ever seen the flag presentation.
It is one of the most beautiful and impressive cere-
monies it has ever been my good fortune to behold. It
is one of the scenes that beggars description. No man
could be so dull of sensibilities as not to he aroused to
patriotism by such a sight. 1 am glad I have seen it. I
will be delighted to tell of it to others who have not had
the pleasure. The Daughters 1 are to be congratulated
on their spirit and the origin of such a happy method of
demonstrating their patriotism.
"It is not necessary for me to say what is in my
mind today regarding the veterans present and the men
who cared for our affairs so ably during the war, it has
already been too well said for me to attempt to add to it.
The ability, bravery and patriotism of the leaders of
our cause may only be compared to the Spartans' of
old, who esteemed their country and their patriotism
above life itself.
"General Hailey has stated to you that Tulsa would
be in the contest for the next reunion of>.the national
organization. This is a fact. We are going into Lhe
race and we are going to win. We have entered the race
at Jacksonville, Chattanooga and Birmingham, but not
until we went to .Birmingham did we put up a winning
fight. There we all but won, the majority against us
being one lone vote. I think we convinced them there
that we were able to take care of them in our city and
am sure we will have the support of the South as well
as those states' further north and certainly the ones out
this way. We have made a strong fight and we can see
no reason why we cannot win out next time. We expect
to take a very large delegation and will have bands and
rooters. At Birmingham we had Hon. Hillery A. Her-
bert, ex-cabinet officer against us and he made such a
strong personal appeal for Washington that we were fin-
ally outvoted. However we will have no such handicap
at Washington. The territory west of the Mississippi is
entitled to the convention as it has had it but three
times since the organization. We want to go to Washing-
ton to invite the veterans to come west and see what
their children have done, how they have builded. We
want them to see that we have not been a disappointment
to them, hut on the contrary have reared monuments that
will make them proud to call us their own.
"When Washington was making the race for the com-
ing convention General Booth of New Orleans said:
"Gentlemen, are you going to make us 1 and our folks ride
with and stop at the same hotel as the niggers?" I was
proud to tell them that nothing of the sort would happen
if they would come to Oklahoma, that one of the first
laws we passed after we had emerged into statehood
was the now famous "Jim Crow'* law which puts the
nigger where he belongs, in a separate coach when rid-
ing on the railroad cars, street cars' and otherwise segre-
gates him so that he need not be a stench in the nos-
trils of the white people of our community.
"As I stated in the beginning everything that can
be said at a convention of this kind has been said and
there is little for me to say. I did want to tell you
what Tulsa wanted and what they expected to do to get it
and I am s'ure we will have the active and cordial co-
operation of all the Veterans, Daughters and Sons of
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this great commonwealth. I thank you/' Loud and pro-
General Hailey: "There is still another Son in the
house and 1 am sure he is most anxious to make a few
remarks!, Permit we to introduce Gen. William E,
Hailey, Brigade Commander of the Eastern Oklahoma
W< E.) Hailey, made a few remarks along the general
line followed by the preceding speakers.
At this, point the Daughters 1 feeling that it was
necessary to get back to their own duties, thanked the
veterans for courtesies and retired to resume work in
Chairman M. G. McDonald, of the Credentials Com-
mittee submitted his report. The report was accepted
and time given for further and more complete one.
General Hailey announced that during the interim
awaiting reports from committees the assembly would
be glad, to have short talks from old veterans.
A request was made that the older veterans be per-
mitted to occupy the front seats for the reason that an
impaired hearing prevented them from getting all that
was being said when they sat back in the auditorium.
This was done and the talkers were also requested to
raise their voices just a little so that they could be
heard without effort.
Gen. D. J. Kendall, as Sergeant at Arms cleared the
front rows and made them available for the veterans.
Several of the veterans made short and interesting
talks that were very much enjoyed by those present.
Next on the program was a reading by Miss 1 Mar-
garet Williams, "Penrod Schofield," from Booth Tar k-
ington. She handled the difficult situation in masterly
style and made of Penrod, the hero, and Herman the
little black boy, real human beings. It was a big hit
and was followed by tremendous applause.
Senator Mcintosh, of Bryan County, was then intro-
duced by General Hailey and made a splendid speech.
He said in part: "Nothing gives me more pleasure than
to be with these old veterans today. I have always besn
with them and lived with them. I love them all and
love to be around them to catch every word that falls
from their interesting lips. 1 was born in Mississippi,
my grandfather died at Vicksburg and three uncles went
to war with the Confederacy. Every one with us at
that time was a Southern soldier and we had no sym-
pathies except for the soldiers of the Confederacy. Of
the three uncles who went into the service two were
left on the field of carnage in North and South Caro-
lina. You can see the reason for my sympathy. What
they stood for then, 1 stand for now.
"In 1860 times were getting hot in congress; many
fire-eaters from the north were making speeches against
us. They were ranting about our slavery and calling
as all sorts of names for the practice. However it did
not s'eem to occur to them they had imported these
same slaves and sold them to us for our good money.
' "About that time 'Uncle Tom's Cabin* was brought
out in the north and had a tremendous run. It Inflamed
the north against the south and set things at such a
fever heat that there seemed no way to avoid the trouble.
In the south we were united and stood together against
a common enemy. There was one instrument written b/
Alexander Hamilton and Patrick Henry that seemed to
solve the situation for us. That instrument stated that
each state was entitled to its own government and in
the event of a disagreement or misunderstanding with
the United States had a perfect right to withdraw in
peace. This the Southern people contended was a con-
stitutional right, but they were denied it. They were
denied their constitutional rights to withdraw and estab-
lish a sovereign state of their own. When we assert
this right the powers of the north began to mobilize
their armies and gather together their equipment, to
prevent us from taking this step. We were right then
as we are right now and always will be right. They
GEN. JOHN R. PULLIAM
General Pulliam served as First Lieutenant of
Company D, 2nd. Texas Mounted Infantry, from early
in 186.1 to July of 1862. He was then commissioned ti
raise a company to serve in Peter Hardeman's regi-
ment, Texas Cavalry, Gano's Brigade. He stayed with
this command until the end of the war, having in the
meantime been promoted to the captaincy of his com-
pany; The greater part of the time since the war
General Pulliam has lived in Texas and Oklahoma where
he has been prominent in both civil and official life.
sent an invading army south. Then it was you veterans
in gray flew to arms for the protection of your country
your kindred and your rights and fought the enemy to
the last ditch. History records no greater battles than
were fought by the southern armies. We fought as
long as we had anything to eat. We were not whipped
hut starved, we never were whipped, are not whipped
today, but we had to quit fighting because we had noth-
ing whatever to eat.
"It is seldom you see speakers who talk as plainly as
I. I have been raised by confederate soldiers and heard
their story of trials, struggles, and tribulations from my
infancy. It is bred in my bones. We fought and bled
and died and believe me they bled in the north too.
I am proud of old Mississippi and I am proud of the
soldiers of the South. I would have been one myself had
I been old enough.
"At the last meeting of the legislature, Brother Sam
Hargis, of Ada, introduced a bill in the House of Repre-
sentatives to give a pension to the old Confederate vet-
erans. He consulted me several times. He passed it in
the House. As chairman of the Judiciary Committee of
the Senate, when it came to the Senate, I asked that it
be given to me. There I raised the appropriation three
times. He thought it would not go but I knew it would
go and said so, and it did. When the bill passed, Brother
Hargis stood in front of the speaker's stand and clasped
the hand of a Union soldier. The Union soldier said, *I
love you boys and I hope you will get your bill through,
you deserve it, you fought hard for what you thought was
right. Bverytime I draw my pension I feel that every
southern soldier should draw one too.'
"At our next session when we consider the appro-
priation for pensions we will have a better idea of the
number of old soldiers and be in a better position to
make an adequate amount available, and so far as I
nm personally concerned there is nothing I would not do
for you in reason, and there is nothing I have that I
would not give to you. If I were in Washington I would
use every effort to get that cotton tax money paid to
these old veterans. It belongs to them and they ought
to have it. It ought to be determined now so they can
use it; a few more years and there will be none of them
left to enjoy it. If we could have had something to eat
and something to shoot, there never would have been
any trouble about this cotton tax, they never could have
made us quit. When they raided the south they burned
the mills and the barns. and destroyed practically every-
thing leaving us penniless. But invincible in war, you
are just as invincible in peace. Your resurrectifln from
ashes, your rise in commercial prosperity is ample proof
that you were not only brave soldiers but Napoleons of
commerce. Now, fifty years from the end of that war
the South is the peer of the civilized world in manu-
factures, industries and finanee|| ■
"When they had the Spanish- American war they had
to take our old friend Joe Wheeler over to Cuba to show
them how to fight, and veterans let me tell you, he
sure showed them how. There has been much credit
passed to prominent men for their part in the Spanish
American war, but when all the evidence is collected
and a fair and impartial analysis made, it will be seen
that our old friend Joe Wheeler saved the day at San
Juan- on that memorable day when it seemed that our
brave soldiers were to be backed off that famous hill in
inglorious defeat. Those who were there gave him the
credit. Those who were there said that General Wheeler
headed his troops and said, 'Come on boys, let's g : ve
those yankees hell,' and I guess in the excitement he was
carried back to the days when his activities were cen-
tered against the yankees.
"We who came from you are as proud as we can be
of our fatherhood; we are proud of you and it would be
impossible for us to show you too much honor and
"In conclusion, the war has gone, peace and prosper.
ity have come, you have seen your lands blossom and
your business prosper. Today we are a united people
and you can have great pleasure in looking back over
your wonderful accomplishments. It shows 1 the tremen-
dous possibilities of a wonderful people." (Prolonged
Following the address of Senator Mcintosh, adjourn-
ment was taken to 2 o'clock.
At 2 o'clock the convention was called to order b/
General Hailey. • ; -
Rev. Edwards, of Durant, pronounced the invoca-
General Hailey- stated that at this time it was cus*-
tomary, not only with us but with the national organ-
ization, to have a memorial service, at which it would
be the duty and privilege of any veteran to state the
death of any comrade and make a few appropriate re-
marks converning him.
Comrade Treadwell was called to the cha ! .r.
He said: "Comrades, this occasion brings to. our
minds the memory of our departed comrades. During the
past year God has been good and kind to us. While he
has 1 called some to Him on the other side, there are still
many of us left here to enjoy the privileges He has
granted us of meeting together and enjoying ourselves
and of more strongly cementing the good fellowship *that
exists among us. While we regret the loss and revere the
memory of those who have gone before we must not
be unmindful of those who are still with us. It is our
duty and our pleasure to minister to their every want and
to cheer them on their way when one crosses our path.
The Adjutant General will now read the mortuary list
for the past year, or since our last reunion.
Gen. R. B. Coleman read a list of those who had
passed away since our last annual reunion, (This list
will appear later in these proceedings).
There were remarks made by several of the veterans
and the service was very impressive. At its conclusion,
Rev. Treadwell vacated the chair in faVor of General
The following communications were received and
read to the assembly:
Oct, 2nd, 1916.
Gen. D. M. Hailey,
As I don't feel able to be with you I send you and
all the old boys best wishes for a good time. Have ex-
pected Durant to do us southern hospitality and know
she will. Remember me to all the boys.
J. W. Blanton,
Headquarters Chickasaw Brigade
Gen. D. M. Hailey,
Durant, Okla. .
It is with profound regret that circumstances and
conditions, both family and business, are such that I can't
leave home. But I am with you in sentiment and work,
making and keeping alive the true history and records of
H. H. Allen,
Commander Chickasaw Brigade.
Col. Jim Tom Storey,
Thanks for program. Had intended to be there
and promised several of the old boys that I would; but
on account of the State Reunion at Terrill on the 5th.,
the dates conflict and I have to go to Terrill. Present
my kindest regards to Colonel Sneed and others.
S. R. Etta.
Gen. D. M, Hailey,
My father! T. B. Hogg, requested me to write you
that he was confined to his bed and not able to be with
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MRS. LEON W. HUCKINS
Mrs. Huckins was honored with the posit! 3 n of
Division Sponsor at the Birmingham Reunion of the
U. C. V, in 1916 and filled the place so acceptably that
it was not deemed advisable to make a change for ths
Washington reunion. She was therefore exalted for
the second time to the highest honor to be given the
ladies 1 in the organization.
It is needless to say that she lived up to the high
standard she created for the position while in Birming-
ham. At all social functions she made the presence of
the Oklahomans felt and was always there to see that
they got full measure of everything that was coming
to them. The delegation fro mthis state is under obli-
gations to Mrs. Huckins for untiring efforts in its be-
half, and took occasion at different times on the trip to
Washington and while there, to demonstrate it.
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you at this reunion. He regrets exceedingly to lbe denied
this pleasure and asks that you remember hinU warmly
to all the Old Boys.
H. B.. Hogg.
Next matter of business was election of officers'.
Nominations were asked for to fill the position of
Commander of the Oklahoma Division for "the ensuing
Rev. W. A. Treadwell: "I desire to place !«* nomin-
ation the name of a man you all well know, && always
stands ready and willing to help the man and t-he organ-
ization. We love to honor . him because we love him.
I don't want to make a speech and have not prepared
one for the occasion, but am talking wholly from the
heart. I want to place before this convention the name
of Gen, I>. Mi Hailey to succeed himself as,' Commander
of the Oklahoma Division of the XL C. V.
Dr. Wm. D. Matthews takes the floor and asks that
nominations be closed and General Hailey be (elected by
acclamation to succeed himself. The vote was asked f.->r
by standing vote and was unanimous.
Gen. T. D. Turner and Col. R. A. Sneed were ap-
pointed to escort General Hailey to the chair.- He was
raised upon the shoulders of comrades and tlhus borne
to the v chair. ,. r
General Hailey made a short talk in accepting the
honor another year. He said in part: "My comrades, it
makes tears come to my eyes and a swelling in my
throat to see a demonstration of this kind in imy behalf.
I am proud to be the commander of this division. I am
proud of the society at all times of my old coimrades. 1
am ready and willing at all times to listen to tlhe sorrow-
ful tales 1 of one of us and do all in my power to relieve
the suffering. There is no subject nearer to my heart
and no cause for which I do more. As your commander
for another year I can only say that I will follow the
same course as I have the preceding years, which was
do everything I could for my comrades and the cause.
I thank you,"
Election of Brigade Commanders.
Gen. T. D. Turner, First Brigade, Oklahoma City.
Gen. T. B. Hogg, Second Brigade, Shawnee.
Gen. Henry C. Gilliland, Third Brigade, Altus,
Gen. Thos. D. Bard, Cherokee Brigade, Bushyhead.
Gen. J. J. McAlester, Choctaw Brigade, North Mc-
Gen. John R. Pulliam, Chickasaw Brigade, Ardmore.
Gen, Theo, F. Brewer, Creek and Seminole, Eufaula.
The above were elected Brigade commanders by the
representatives from the brigades present at the re-
Hon. Wm. D. Matthews presented a resolution to
the effect that this reunion instruct its delegates to the
Washington General reunion to vote and use its influ-
ence for Tulsa in her contest for the reunion in 1918.
The resolution was unanimously adopted.
Hon. Jim Tom Storey submitted a resolution per-
taining to the cotton tax that was referred to the Resolu-
General Hailey now introduced Hon. J. B. A. Rob-
ertson, who addressed the veterans. His remarks were
in part as follows:
"General Hailey, my old heroes, Sons and Daugh-
ters, who are here. It gives me great pleasure to be
here and drink in a little inspiration. No courtier ever
answered a king's call with more avidity than I respond-
ed to this invitation, rather not an invitation but a com-
mand. Whether you believe it or no, I am so moved by
emotion now, that it is hard for me to proceed. The
sunrise of life has passed the meridian and the shadows
are growing longer for you. This is the fate of all.
I had some other dates, but I said, it is more pleasure
to be with those old veterans and my veneration for
them bids me go and there was no trouble to cancel
those other dates and come here. We are making his-
tory here today when our children and our grand chil-
dren read of these meetings as history, our names will
be written there, and 1 shall be proud to have my name
in such association. Of course the main object of
these meetings' is to perpetuate this history of those brave
old days, to commune with each other, to weep o'er the
glories of a day that is gone. This is the primary reason
for this meeting. There are other reasons, probably the
greatest reason is keeping patriotism alive and kindling
a flame in the minds of the youth of the day that will
stand the country in good stead if the time shall come
that brave soldiers may he again called for brave deeds.
"No matter how often you attend these meetings,
when you go back home you have grown broader; you
are more tolerant of your brother man by the fellow
feeling that brings out the best sentiment, you take to
your fellows and families at home and radiates from you
to those who were not your comrade.
"Among you old vets there is no distinction of of-
fice. A general, a colonel, and captain, a private, all
are on the same social level and know no difference.
"You old vets can thoroughly appreciate the present
condition of Europe, with its millions of slain and crip-
pled, widows and orphans. You who have been
through the great war we had in this country can appre-
ciate what they are going through and what reconstruc-
tion means' when peace has been finally declared.
"I have learned from experience that you are able
to give advice; I know that you are all interested in
our government; I have never known one who has n:t
yielded an influence in his sphere. You may be old in
years but you will still have time to be of much service
to your country. It was my good fortune to visit Chat-
tanooga a short time ago. I also visited Chickamauga,
Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge. I was not sat-
isfied to go in an automobile but got out and walked
and read names 1 on the monuments. I removed my hat
because I knew I stood on Holy ground. 1 knew how
they had fought and stood their ground under that ruth-
less fire. I reverenced their burial place as I would the
tomb of a brother. I was deeply touched. I wish every
young man in America, who has not been a soldier could
have opportunity to visit these battle fields, in silent
retrospection and consider the motives and bravery of
those men who lay buried there.
"I want to see a reunited country, a country that
has now become the financial and business center of
the world. We are bankers for England, Germany and
all the continental Europe. Such occasions as this is
what draws the Blue and the Gray closer together.
When all in this country will be as one glorious united
fellowship one united country, then you will see the
greatest country in business and science the world has
"The old soldiers on both sides, those who wore
the blue and those who wore the gray, I want to say
to you because it is true, you have not been given your
just deserts. The soldier of the North was used as a
tool politically. But we will have to say that when Mc-
Kinley was elected president a new era dawned. He
did more to bring about good feeling between the blue
and the gray than any other man. He was President
during the Spanish-American war. Many thought that
if there should be a war the men of the south would
not respond. This theory has been preached until it
seemed really true. But when McKinley called for vol-
unteers it was the wonder and admiration of the nation
when Gen. Joe Wheeler and Fitz-Hugh Lee were amng
the first to respond and Texas the first state to furnish
"In my room I have pictures of Joe Wheeler, Robert
E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, and enshrined above them
all is Stonewall Jackson, than whom there has never
lived a greater military strategist or soldier.
"1 want to tell you of a little incident that happened
to me once wlien I was in the City of Mexico. I went
in to breakfast, but as I could speak neither French,
German or Mexican I was making a very poor out at
ordering ray meal. An old gentleman sat over close to
me and evidently perceived my predicament and came
over. He said, 'I see you are in trouble and possibly I
can help you out/ He did so by ordering my breakfast
for me. After breakfast he came around to where 1 was
and introduced himself as 'Wheeler.' I said, -not old
Gen. Joe Wheeler?' and he said, 'what is left of him.'
I was never more delighted. I think he was one of the
greatest men who ever lived. I would go a long way
to place a flower on his grave.
"These reminiscences recall the spirit of those
times and gives us a reverence for those memories. It
makes us all brothers. We warm to each other and we
take in the stranger with us. We appreciate each other
more as we meet thus together for this purely social
"General Hailey says I have a Confederate face.
I'll tell you that is not exactly true. My father was on
the other side but many Robertsons of Tennessee were
in the Southern army.
"1 believe that all you boys should have a pension,
but the present sum offered is almost an insult. How-
ever it is a step in the right direction and I hope soon
an appropriation will be made that will give a respect-
able stipend, a sum worth while.
"I want to say to you Veterans, Sons and Daughters,
that I feel I have been repaid a thousand times for com-
ing down here. Emotions' fill my breast that are sweet
and tender and I will carry and treasure as one of my
choicest memories my trip to the Durant Reunion of
United Confederate Veterans. I hope you may be spared
for many years to attend reunions. But when you do
pass on may your children and your children's children
honor and cherish your deeds of valor and your mem-
ories shall stay green for many generations. 1 thank
REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON HISTORY.
Rev. T. F. Brewer: "I have had no opportunity to
meet with the committee and hence can make no report.
I hope later we will be able to get together and get an
interesting, instructive and comprehensive history."
General Hailey announced that the next order of
business would be selection of place for holding the next
annual state meeting.
On a call for nominations Chickasha was the only
city to ask for the next reunion. The invitation was
accepted and Chickasha is to entertain the Veterans,
Sons and Daughters in 1917 at a date to be later
Miss Lillian Bartlett gave ' a couple of numbers . on
the pipe organ that were very fine and much appreciated
by those present.
Folowing this number, the band played "Dixie," to a
Captain F. J. Barrett stated that the credentials
committee had nothing further to report, and asked that
they be discharged, which was done.
. General T, D. Turner, Chairman of the Resolutions
committee, stated that his committee was ready to re-
port, and submitted the following:
"We, your committee on resolutions, respectfully
recommend that an amalgamation of the TJ. C. Veterans
be made with the Sons of Veterans, so that when the
Confederate shall exist only in precious memory, song
and story, his sons may continue to emulate his virtues,
defend his memory, and see that history shall speak the
truth to generations yet unborn."
Your committee begs to report further; "For the
second time, we. meet in this beautiful southern city, as
the invited guests of a people who hold dear to their
hearts the cause we represent. Our welcome has been
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warm, and most cordial, and our wants supplied ■ in a
free, generous, and hospitable manner. We have been
greeted on every hand with a welcome and hearty hand-
shake, most pleasant and gratifying to us, and in the
future, should Durant extend to us a third invitation to
meet and mingle with this goodly people, we notify them
now, we shall accept with thanks.
"To that noble organization of southern woman-
hood, known as Julia Jackson Chapter, United Daughters
of the Confederacy, in this city, its president, and each
member thereof, we desire to say, you have placed every
visiting veteran, daughter and son, under many and
lasting obligations, for the kind and gentle courtesy ex-
tended them while your guests. Each and every one of
us will love you with a heart full of love for you and
yours, and the work you are doing for a cause so dear t >
©very southern patriot her©.
"To N. B. Forrest Camp, No. 1166, U. C. V., and
its membership, we desire to extend the thanks of every
visitor within your gates;
"To Governor Williams, Senator Mcintosh, Jud^e
Roberts'on, and other speakers, who did so much to con-
tribute to our pleasure and entertainment, we also extend
"To the press of the city, and to the young people,
who dispensed the beautiful music, we are thankful.
"To the good people of the Methodist Church, who
so generously gave us the use of their house of wor-
ship, in which we have held our convention, we also wish
to tender our thanks.
We beg further to submit the following resolution:
"Whereas, during the years from 1863 to 186 8, in-
clusive, there was collected by the Federal government
from the people of the Southern States, something over
$68,000,000.00, a tax placed on the cotton produced dur-
ing that time, in the southern states, and
"Whereas, several years after, the collection of said
sum of $68,000,000.00 as a tax levied upon the cotton
produced in said southern states', for said period, the
supreme court of the United States rendered a decision
declaring in effect the levying and collection of said tax
to be unconstitutional.
"THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, That the United
Confederate Veterans of the State of Oklahoma in con-
vention assembled, on this, the 5th day of October, 1916,
most respectfully recommend and declare, both of our
senators, and all of our representatives, in congress 1 , fr.m
the State of Oklahoma, to use all honorable means to
pass a law returning said sum unlawfully collected from
said southern states, as their interest in said sum may
"We beg to report further, realizing the fact that
our numbers 1 are growing smaller, year by year, thereby
removing from our midst many of our active workers, it
has been suggested that it might be best for the good
of our order to reduce by consolidation, the number of
brigades in this division.
"Therefore, we recommend, that the commanders
be requested to appoint a committee of seven, one from
each brigade, who will report, at our next annual re-
union, in 1917, .the advisability of reducing by consolida-
tion, the number of brigades in this division, to the
end that we may- make our state organization more com-
"We further recommend, that whereas 1 , the Chero-
kee Nation, through General Albert Pike, made a treaty
with the Confederate Government, by which they be-
came a part thereof, and said nation was duly represent-'
ed in the Confederate Congress, and whereas the Chero-
kee Nation, under their great leader, General Stand
Waitie, sent an army of two thousand men to assist
the Confederacy, and whereas, when the Confederate
Cherokees returned to their homes, which had been
desolated by war, when the whole nation lay helpless,
they were forced, against their solemn treaty, to divide
their lands' with their former slaves, although their
deeds called for said lands, as long as grass grows and
"Be it resolved by the Confederate State Convention,
in assembly at Durant, Oklahoma, this the 5th, day of
October, 1916, that we memoralize the congress of the
United States, through our Senators and Representatives,
to right this injustice done a part of the citizenship
of this state. Amended, so as to include the Choctaws,
Chickasaws, Creeks, and Semlnoles.
"T. D. Turner, Chairman.
"R. A. Sneed,
"Thomas F. Bard,
"John R. Pulliam,
"J, R. Allen,
The report of the resolutions committee was adopted
by a rising vote, after which the veterans and others
present stood and sang the hymn, "God Be With You
Till We Meet Again."
Reverend T. F. Brewer announced the benediction,
and the convention was adjourned, and the veterans
formed in front of the church for the parade. Doctor
Wm. D. Matthews, as Marshal of the Parade, placed a
large number of veterans in waiting automobiles, and
the younger ones formed by twos, and followed after
the parading automobiles. The Daughters, headed by a
large Confederate flag, followed the veterans 1 , and
last in line, were the Sons of Veterans, The procession
passed down from Church street to Main street, and
paraded down the entire length of this street. The side-
walks were lined with townspeople and visitors, who
cheered lustily for the veterans as they passed in re-
view. The hilarity of the occasion was frequently added
to by the famous rebel yell of the veterans. At the At-
wood Hotel, the parade halted, and the veterans broke
ranks, as the last function of the 1916 State Confederate
Reunion at Durant.
DOINGS AT DURANT.
The Veterans, Sons, and Daughters, as well as other
visitors, were loud in their praise of Durante hospitality.
The committees on arrangements were entitled to
and did receive the unstinted praise of the veterans.
Never before have the arrangements been so satisfactory.
The sleeping apartments were just across the street
from the mess hall and the Methodist church, where the
convention was held, only one block away. This was
particularly pleasing, as they were never at any time
more than a block away from headquarters. With their
advancing years, they appreciated the many steps' they
were saved by this arrangement.
Another matter for commendation was the quality
as well as the quantity of the mess, no hotel had a better
spread than the veterans.
Much of the credit for this splendid condition was
due to the wise and untiring efforts of Charles Abbott,
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This reunion was the second to be held in Durant,
and the veterans were so impressed that they expressed
themselves as perfectly willing to return whenever the
invitation is extended.
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The real social function of the occasion was the ball
at the Elks' club. The lodge and club rooms were
beautifully decorated and Durant's elite turned out in
numbers &o great as to tax the capacity of the hall.
At the beginning of the evening the young men
deferred to the veterans. Old Virginia Reel to the tune-
ful "Turkey in the Straw'' tempted the veterans to the
floor with their partners and for the first hour or so
monopolized the dancing. However, as their enthusiasm
began to wane, they gave way to the younger set.
Different music and different steps engaged the Sons,
Daughters, and visitors until the night was far spent.
MRS. JAS. R. ARMSTRONG
Mrs, Bertha F. Scott Armstrong was born in Cu-th-
bert, Georgia, on March 23rd., 1873, the daughter of
John R. Scott, who served in Company E, 31st. Georgia
Regiment, under Gen. John B. Gordon's command, Gen.
Jubal Early's Division, Stonewall Jackson's Corps and
Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Virginia.
He served in the Civil War three years and was
Mrs. Armstrong was appointed Matron of Honor
for the First Brigade of the Oklahoma Division, to the
General Reunion at Washington. Due to the absence
of Mrs. T. Dudley Turner, Mrs. Armstrong received the
further appointment of Matron of Honor to the Okla-
homa Division U. C. V. The duties of this position she
filled admirably and was a decided asset to the Okla-
-The event will linger long in the memory of tho&'e pres-
Some of the old veterans who had never missed
before were absent. Notably General Sam Hargis, of
Ada. He sent a letter expressing his great disappoint-
ment, but assuring the veterans that "When Old Gabriel
toots his horn I will answer that call as an old Confed-
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Another veteran who heretofore has missed few
reunions failed to answer roll call at Durant, General
J\ W. Blanton. He wrote the following letter:
Rocky, Okla., Oct. 2, 1916.
General D. M. Hailey,
As I don't feel able to be with you, thought I would
write you, wishing you and all the old boys a great
time. I have looked forward to this time to b3 with
you at Durant, for I have expected Durant to do us real
well. I hope you all will have a good time. Remember
me to all the old boys. Your comrade,
J. W. Blanton.
A keen disappointment^ to the veterans was the
inability of Congressman Charlie Carter to be present,
and address them. The following telegram from his
secretary explained his failure.
Washington, D. C.
J. V. Conwell,
Mr. Carter will be unable to address Confederate
Veterans at Durant October 5 th, since he is confined to
his home with iritis. He is much improved and expects
to be out within a few days. Kindly express his sincere
regrets to the veterans.
N. C. Barrett, Secretary to C. D. Carter.
The following letter created much interest among
Edmond, Okla., Oct. 2, 1916.
Gen. D. M. Hailey,
My Dear Mr, Hailey:
The Central State Normal Historical Society remem-
bers your kindness in sending the reports of the United
Confederate Veterans of Oklahoma, to be filed in our
historical museum. Now that our museum is a fireproof
building, the Historical Society requests that the Confed-
erate Veterans of Oklahoma designate the museum of
the Central State Normal Historical Society, Edmond,
Oklahoma, as a repository for their records' and historical
relics. Not only do we have secure glass cases and vaults
for the safekeeping of such records, but the society shall
consider it a sacred duty to preserve the records for the
students' and citizens of the future. Our Historical So-
ciety joins with the Sons and Daughters of the Confed-
eracy of Edmond in hoping that the next reunion of the
veterans may be in this city.
With many thanks for your kind assistance, I am,
Very truly yours,
Lucy J. Hampton, Pres.
Several speeches were made for and against, but the
final vote resulted in a resolution of thanks to the
society and regrets 1 that the invitation could not be ac-
cepted. The argument against it was strong. Governor
Williams in his address to the veterans had stated that
a room had been specially constructed for the Confed-
erate Veterans. It was to be their meeting place, and
to house their relics and records. With this room located
at the Capitol and in the Capitol, it seemed the fit
place for the s'acred things of the cause, and it was
therefore voted to accept the room at the Capitol. The
Adjutant General was instructed to write a letter of
thanks to the General Normal Historical Society.
There was a time during the convention that it
seemed everyone was to be in tears. Mrs. G. B. Hester,
of Muskogee, affectionately known to all the veterans
as '.'Mother Hester" was telling of .the sterling qualities
of the Indians during the war. They never had proper
notice or credit for their part in the war. She told
how valiantly they fought and how careful and tender
were the Indian women in caring" for the wounded sol-
diers. She said there was no historian to exploit their
part in the great war, but had this been, they would
have shown as resplendently as any community of white
people in the entire south. "When she had concluded,
General T. D. Turner rushed to the rostrum and with
tears in his eyes said, "EVery word this good woman
says is absolutely true. I. know what I'm talking about,
because a good Indian family saved my life. 1 was
wounded in the Battle of Wilson Creek, and was hauled
in a wagon down through the Indian Territory. When I
reached Od Doaksville, my wound became infected and
looked like I could not, possibly live. I was taken in
by an Indian family named Smallwood. They nursed
me as tenderly as good people could and gave me every
attention they could have given a member of their own
family. After a long and tedious illness I recovered and
returned home. But to this day I harbor a feeling of
the deepest affection and gratitude for this good In-
dian family and join heartily with Mother Hester in say-
ing that the Indians have not had the credit due them,"
The Daughters 1 were in a larger attendance at
Durant than usual. Colonel Sneed spent a large part of
one morning watching their proceedings. In a talk
later before the convention he remarked how impressed
he was with their business-like methods. He said if the
Sons were half as earnest in their efforts they would
have one of the greatest organizations in the South,
Gen. Thos. D. Bard, Commander of the Cherokee
Brigade was the author of a resolution that was adopted
without argument. It was as follows:
"WHEREAS there have been twenty-seven National
Reunions held since the organization of the United
Confederate Veterans and only three of these reunions
have been held in cities west of the Mississippi River;
"WHEREAS one third of the Confederate soldiers
today are residents of that section, of the country west
of the river,
"BE IT RESOLVED That the Okahoma Division
now assembled at Durant, instruct its delegates to the
National Reunion at Washington in June, 1917, to vote
and use their influence to secure the 1918 reunion at
(Signed) "Wm. D. Matthews,
"Thos. D. Bard."
In line with the above Tulsa has entered the field a
strong favorite for the 1918 reunion. A special train
will take* the Oklahoma Division to Washington and
the band and Tulsa boosters in charge of Gen. Tate Brady
and Gen. Merritt A, Glass will make a campaign, the
likes of which has never been seen in the Capital City
Practically the palm has been conceded to Tulsa.
The following appointments have been made by the
Adjutant General, J. K. LaRue, Oklahoma City.
Assistant Adjutant General, Brant H. Kirk, Okla-
Assistant Adjutant General, F. R. Matthews, Raton,
Quartermaster General, J. H, Shields, Wichita,
Assistant Quartermaster General, Houghton, Okla-
Commissary General, Maurice, Guthrie.
Assistant Commissary General, J. W. Harris, Ard-
Paymaster General, J. P. Allen, Oklahoma City,
Surgeon General, J. G. Street, Oklahoma City.
Assistant Surgeon General, Dr. Geo. McLean, Okla-
Judge Advocate, Jarrett Todd, Oklahoma City.
Historian, Jno. O. Gassier, Ardmore.
Chaplain, Root. K Ownby, Oklahoma City.
T. D. Turner, Brigadier-General,
Commander First Brigade.
Adjutant General, Dr., J. A. Walker.
Assis/tant Adjutant General, L. Humphreys.
Quartermaster General, John W. Jones.
Assistant Quartermaster General, S. C. Vinson.
Commissary General, John G. Rowland.
Assistant Commissary General, T. B. Hogg.
Paymaster General, J. S. Lambard.
Surgeon General, Dr. GI S. Baxter.
Assistant Surgeon General, Dr. R. U. Anderson.
Judge Advocate General, C. E. Easterwood.
Assistant Judge Advocate General, Wm. Wood.
Historian, H. H. Smith.
Chaplain, Wade Hampton Boggs.
T. B. Hogg, Brigadier-General,
Commander Second Brigade.
Adjutant General, T. W. Johnson, Hollis.
Quartermaster General, J. J. Burgess, Mangum.
Commissary General, M. G. Hardin, Altus.
Paymaster General, J. N. Kimberlin, Altus.
Surgeon General, C. C. Spears, Altus.
Judge Advocate General, J. D. Baker, Altus*.
Historian, Thomas Baird, Headrick.
Chaplain, McKnight, Hollis. ^:
Henry C. Gilliland, Brigadier-General,""
Commander Third Brigade.
Adjutant General, P. J. Barrett, Vinita.
Assistant Adjutant General, J. R. Acuff, Sallisaw.
Assistant Adjutant General, E. R. Lewis, Tulsa.
Quartermaster General, Alexander Lewis, Dawson.
Assistant Quartermaster General, M. J. Glas<s, Tulsa.
Assistant Quartermaster General, Tate Brady, Tulsa.
Commissary General, S. H. Robinson, Claremore.
Assistant Commissary General, Arthur Bobbins,
Surgeon General, T. H. Tinsley, Foyil.
Assistant Surgean General, W. A. Howard, Chelsea.
Historian, R. W. Lindsey, Choteau.
Assistant Historian, Emmett Starr, Tahlequah.
Chief of Ordnance, S. H. Hayes, Pryor.
Assistant Chief of Ordnance, W. J. Strange, Chelsea.
Sponsor, Miss 1 Rachel Odair, Claremore.
Chaperon, Mrs. N. B. Dan^enburg, Chelsea.
Thomas D. Bard, Brigadier-General,
Commander of Cherokee Brigade.
Adjutant General, Henry Sutherland, Ardmore.
Quartermaster General, W. T. Simmons, Ardmore.
Commissary General, Jack Hale, Chickasha.
Inspector General, W. R. Wood, Ardmore.
Chaplain, Dr. J. F. Young, Ardmore.
Judge Advocate General, J. M. Hoard, Ardmore.
Surgeon General, Dr. W. L. Kilpatrick, Ardmore.
Historian, John F. Easley, Ardmore.
John R. Pulliam, Brigedier-General,
Comander Chickasaw Brigade.
Creek and Seminole Brigade.
Adjutant General, John F. Brown.
Assistant Adjutant General, N. F. Hancock.
Quartermaster General, Wm. McCombs.
Assistant Quartermaster General, John Ho man.
Commissary General, Walter A. Agnew.
Assistant Comissary General, Cheese Harris.
Paymaster General, Chas. Gibson,
Surgeon General, S, R. Bates.
Assistant Surgeon General, W. A. Tollerson.
Judge Advocate General, G. W. Grayson.
Assistant Judge Advocate, Johnson Tiger. .
Historian, G. W. Grayson, Jr.
Chaplain, Motie Tiger.
Sponsor, Miss Vinie Grayson..
Chaperon, Mrs. Sam Grayson.
Theo. F. Brewer, Brigadier-General,
Commander Creek and Seminole Brigade.
Adjutant General, M. G. McDonald, McAlester.
Assistant Adjutant General, W. J. Kindrick, Mc-
Quartermaster General, L. S. Byrd, Stigler.
Assistant Quartermaster General, Duke Frederick,
Commissary General, V. M. Locke, Antlers.
Assistant Commissary General, Bert C. Ratliff, Mc-
Surgeon General, A. J. Harris, McAlester.
Assistant Surgeon-General, W. C. Graves, McAlester.
Judge Advocate General, A. S. McKennon, McAlester.
• Assistant Judge Advocate General, Joseph E. John-
Chief of Ordnance, Beriah Magoffin,, McAlester.
Chaplain, W. A. Treadwell, McAlester.
J. J. McAlester, Brigadier-Genaral,
Commander Choctaw Brigade.
CONVENTION SONS OF VETERANS
Convention called to order by Gen. Merritt A. Glass,
Commander of the Trans-Mississippi Department Sons of
Veterans, in the absence of the state commander.
Camps represented were Tulsa, McAlester, Atoka,
and Oklahoma City.
Credentials Committee appointed and reported.
All other regular husiness of the Convention having
been attended to, nominations for offices for ensuing
year were declared in order.
General Brant Kirk in a few well-chosen words
nominated General Tate Brady of Tufea, for State Com-
On motion nominations were closed and General
Brady elected by acclamation.
General Brady addressed the Convention, expressing
his appreciation of the honor conferred upon him and
assured those present that he would make every prac-
ticable effort to revive interest among the Sons and
enable them to have a large delegation at Washington
and our next State Reunion.
General Brant Kirk was appointed Adjutant Gen-
eral and Chief of Staff and B. F. Rogers and "W. E.
Hailey, Division Commanders.
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General Kirk moved that Division Commander be
empowered to redistrict the state with brigades in man-
ner and quantity in his discretion. General Rogers sec-
onded the motion, which was put and prevailed.
General Glass addressed the convention favoring an
amalgamation of the Sons with the Confederate Veterans.
There was a unanimous sentiment favoring it and upon
motion by General Glass and second by General Kirk,
the resolution was adopted.
General Kirk submitted the following resolution:
"It is the sense of this convention that the Sons of
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Veterans actively cooperate with the Confederate Vet-
erans* in an effort to secure the General Convention of
the U. C. V. for 1918 at Tulsa." The motion to adopt by
General Kirk received a second from General Glass and
was unanimously accepted.
In the absence of a report from the State Com-
mander, a few remarks on the progress of the Sons of
Veterans were made by General Tate Brady. Among
other things he stated that during the year he and Gen-
eral Glass had visited every camp in the state and as a
result of their efforts were glad to be able to report
sixteen new chapters. That all camps were showing a
renewed interest and there was promise of a largely in-
creased delegation to the General Convention in Wash-
General Glass asked the adoption of the following
resolution: "That a monument be erected to the Moth-
ers and Daughters of the Southland, commemorating
their bravery, trials, tribulations and sufferings during
the trying time when their fathers 1 , sons and brothers
were at the front valiantly striving for what they thought
was right and justice, this monument to be erected at a
cost of not less than $25,000.00. General Rogers sup-
plied a second to General Glass* motion and the resolu-
tion unanimously prevailed.
General W. E. Hailey moved the selection of Miss
P.w Brady, of Tulsa, for Division Sponsor, for the S-ns
f Veterans at the Washington Reunion. General Kirk
in seconding the motion made a few remarks in which
re said it was the part of wisdom to be well represented
in this department and he was of the opinion that the
selection could not be improved upon. Motion carried
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Resolutions were submitted and adopted thanking
the good citizens of Durant for their consideration and
generous 1 hospitality.
Resolution adopted fixing the same date and place
for holding the next State Reunion, "as that selected by
the United Confederate Veterans.
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Motion to adjourn to meet in 1917 at Chickasha;
SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
Memphis, Teniw, June 1st, 1916..
GENERAL ORDERS No. 2.
Sons of Confederate Veterans, the history of the
struggle of 1861 — 1865 will bear the closest scrutiny into
its deepest depths without disclosing a single blot upon
its pages. Each only adds luster to a fame that has no
equal. We, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, have a
sacred duty to perform. In having only a true history of
our heroes taught in the schools of our country; besides,
it should be worth a privilege and a pleasure to per-
petuate these acts in memorial of stone and to see as
far as possible that not a single one of our grand old
warriors shall ever want for the necessities of life.
Therefore, realizing the great responsibility which has 1
been placed upon me as your Commander in Chief, and
knowing that without your sincere cooperation my ad-
ministration as your executive head will prove a failure,
1 do hereby appoint the following comrades as members
of my staff, having confidence in their patriotism and
loyalty to duty and fidelity to the trust that has been
placed in their hands.
The following appointments' are made to rank from
June 1st, 1916:
Inspector in Chief, Gen. W. C. Gorgas, Washington,
Quartermaster in Chief, Samuel W. Harrison, Roa-
Commissary in Chief, Creed Caldwell, Pine Bluff,
Judge Advocate in Chief, B. P. Harrison, Gulfport,
Surgeon in Chief, Dr. A. M. Brailsford, Muliins,
Chaplain in Chief, Rev. J. G. Glass, Ocala, Fla.
Historian in Chief, Dr. T. M. Owen, Montgomery,
(Assistants in Chief were made for each state, the
following for Oklahoma:)
Assistant Adjutant in Chief, W. C. Parmer, Tulsa.
Assistant Inspector in Chief, T. H. Powers, Tulsa.
Assistant Quartermaster in Chief, Dennis B. Keys,
Assistant Commissaries in Chief, Edward Gait, Ard-
Assistant Judge Advocate in Chief, Emmett N. Ellis,
Assistant Surgeon in Chief, Dr. A. W. Herron,
Assistant Chaplain in Chief, Rev. J. P. Parks 1 , Tahle-
The following committee assignments were made:
Monument Committee — W. C. Lewis, Poteau.
Finance Committee — J. E. Johnson, McAlester.
Relief Committee — H. G. Turner, Checotah.
Historical Committee — W. V. Pryor, Sapulpa.
Resolutions Committee — Wash Grayson, Eufaula.
The duty of perpetuating the record of the Confed-
erate Soldier and Sailor has devolved upon our organ-
ization, and every loyal son should be willing to do his
share in this 1 patriotic work. Your Commander-in-Chief
is profoundly grateful for the honor conferred upon
him, and he assures you that if you will cooperate with
him, you will never have cause to regret your action.
By order of ERNEST G. BALDWIN,
N. B. Forrest, Adjutant in Chief and Chief of Staff.
WORK BEGUN ON STONE MOUNTAIN.
When Guizon Borglum has completed his work of
converting Stone mountain into a gigantic monument to
the southern cause, he will have conceived and executed
a most stupendous piece of artistic work. There will be
nothing to compare with it either in this hemisphere or
The Stone mountain monument will consist of sev-
eral hundred figures carved on the steep side of the
mountain to represent the Confederate army. In the
foreground will be Confederate generals, represented in
figures fifty feet or more high, with Lee and Jackson
shown on horseback, just as they have been sketched by
The faces of the two principal figures, namely, Lee
and Jackson will be at least five feet long, and the two
figures together will be of greater size than the statue
of Liberty in New York. Infantry, cavalry and artillery
will be carved in line of march, scores and hundreds of
them, until it will seem as if the Confederate forces
were reproduced there in stone.
Some of the figures will be chiseled to a depth of
eight feet or more. The perpendicular height of the
mountain is 787 feet and the army in stone will be
carved at a point about four hundred feet above the
ground. The biggest of the pyramids is only 151 feet
high, the Sphinx 65 feet, the Washington monument
555 feet and the Statue of Liberty 112.
The construction on the Stone mountain monument
has begun. The steep side has been cleared of loose
stones and a survey and relief map made of the face.
Wire entanglements have been strung across the top to
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keep away meddlesome persons and steps have been
constructed down the side to where the monument will
Seventeen thousand feet of lumber, which will be
used in building these steps, has been hauled up the
mountain by oxen. The steps will be built in sections
that vary as the descent becomes steeper. The first
flight will be 100 feet, the second and third, fifty feet
the fourth forty feet, the others 30. Each flight will
end in a platform, and there will be eleven such flights
. rtrt W here the s * e P s fin any terminate, at a distance of
400 feet above the ground, an immense platform will
be built strong enough to support heavy machinery.
There the workers will make their base and there they
will begin the caving of the monument.
From this platform a cable car will be swung, by
winch the workmen can reach any point thev desire.
All the figures in the monument will be carved from this
The first task is to build the steps and cover them
with wire netting, so that no one can possibly fall over
the side. That is being done now. Secondly, the base
will be established at the bottom of the steps, 400 feet
frcm the ground. Thirdly, Guizon Borglum, the sculptor
to whom the south is indebted for the idea of the Stone
mountain memorial, will paint the figures on the moun-
tainside, just where they are to be carved. Finally the
stone cutter^ working from the cable car, will carve the
figures, to which Mr. Borglum will give the finishing
OUR DISTINGUISHED VISITORS.
Richmond, Va., A. P.— Richmond, the capital of the
Confederacy and rich In traditions of the old cavalier
days, yesterdav gave a warm welcome to the British
War Commission which came from Washington to pay
its respects and courtesies to the South and honor the
Confederacy's famous leaders, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall
Jackson and General Stuart, uncle of the present gover-
The mission was received by a salute of nineteen
guns escorted by the Virginia Military Institute
cadets through cheering crowds, and was applauded wild-
ly at a packed mass meeting at the Auditoriiim where
Foreign Secretary Balfour said the landing of American
troops in France would be a moment memorable in his-
On the way here Mr. Balfour, in the first address
he ever made from the rear end of a train, told a crowd
at Fredericksburg that he feared he had failed utterly to
express his deep emotions at the reception given * the
mission by the South.
Lieutenant General Bridges placed wreaths on the
statues' of Generals Lee and Stuart here and delivered an
address on the lessons of character, leadership and en-
durance taught by these men.
Mr Balfour, addressing the mass meeting at the
Auditorium said he rejoiced to think that the American
Navy is working hand in hand with those on the other
side defending freedom and humanity. "Now we read
of your government's decision to send troops to France '•
he continued. "Out of the manhood of America there
will flow, 1 am convinced the best fighting material in
the world, and the only limit to that flow will be the
limit imposed by the material first of transport and
equipment. The United States has greater resources for
modern warfare than any other nation in the world. I
do not refer to numbers alone. I refer rather to that
courage, resolution, inventiveness, which alone make
MRS. G, B. HESTER
Muskogee, Okla.— Muskogeeans, who, on
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afternoon pass the Federal and City. Jail, observe a sweet
faced old woman, a Bible under her arm, laboriously
climbing the big stone stairs. Few of them guess her
identity and fewer still know her mission.
She is Mrs. G. B. Hester, known from coast to
coast, and mother of the wife of Senator Robert L.
Owen. Nearly every Sunday afternoon, while the city
enjoys Itself in the parks and over its motor drives, Mrs.
Hester takes her Bible and walks to the city jail to
preach the gospel of God to the men who have fallen by
It is a strange sight to see her talking, heart to
heart, with these men, grouped silently in devout ad-
miration about her. Some of them are bank robbers,
some are murderers, many are bootleggers, but to Mrs.
Hester all are "brothers."
Chief of Police, Joe Deuew, baa said that the good
Mrs. Hester has done among his prisoners will never
be known. She comes to them as an angel of mercy,
the chief said, not to upbraid them for their sins, but
to talk to them of kindness and love and to hold out to
them a hope of the future. Many a man has gone forth
a better citizen because of her.
Preaching the word of Christianity has been Mrs.
Hester's life work. The prominence that has* come to
her and her famous son-in-law has not deterred her in
her task. Over sixty years ago, Mrs. Hester, then a
slip of a girl, came to the Indian Territory as a mission-
ary of the Southern Methodist church. This was a wild
country then inhabited almost altogether by Indians,
but Mrs 1 . Hester, true to her traditions, did not flinch
when she received the call. Cheerfully she accepted
her assignment to teach in the Chickasaw sch-ols at
Tishomingo, then the capital of the Choctaw Nation.
To her friendB now, she speaks lightly of the jour-
ney from her home in Georgia to the Indian Territory,
but it was a trip that would have tried the courage of
the most hardened pioneer. There were no railways
then. Only Indian trails 1 marked the way through the
trackless forests and prairies. The ox team behind which
she rode crept through the bogs and timber, the crude
steamboats frequently became stranded and the stage
coaches were attacked by bandits and wild beasts. At
last in 1857 she arrived at the city of "Ringing Bells"
the translation of the Indian name Ti&homingo.
Here, in a wild country, strangely new to her, she
began her work of teaching to a race whose tongue
she could not even understand. For four years she
traveled from mission school to mission school, spread-
ing the gospel; then the outbreak of the war between
the states forced the closing of the schools. Throughout
the turbulent years of the war, Mrs. Hester went cheer-
fully about her Christian task and she kept alive her Sun-
day schools during the entire period of the struggle.
In speaking of her early experience among the In-
dians, Mrs. Hester said: "Conditions at that time were,
in many instances', alarming and rather deranged. Witch-
craft and superstition were very prevalent in some
places often resulting in the death of the person accused
of being the witch."
It was at Tishomingo that she met her husband,
Capt* G. B. Hester, of Granville, N. C, a gentleman of
the old Jeffersonian school. Captain Hester conducted
a mercantile establishment at Ti&'liomingo, and joined
with a ready heart, in his wife's work of ministering to
the Indians who came to trade with him. It is still told
among the Chickasaws that Captain Hester, through his
honesty and upright dealing with the Indians, was among
the first to teach them that the white man could be
Shortly after the outbreak of the war Captain and
Mrs. Hester moved to Boggy Depot. There they spent
most of the thirty-five years of their married life. Cap-
tain Hester died twenty years ago. It was at Boggy
Depot that their children were born. Only one of them
is living today, Mrs. Robert L. Owen, declared to be
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CAPT. A. S. McKENNON
Captain McKennon is one,of the oldest in service and
most active in the Jeff-Lee Camp U. C. V, He has served
as commander of the camp and his good counsel has been
sought and contributed on many occasions'.
On the recent trip to Washington he was of inval-
uable assistance to the Veterans and Daughters because
of his long and honorable career in the Halls of Congress,
He had access' and warm acquaintance in all the depart-
ments as well as in Congress and if one was introduced
or vouched for by Capt. McKennon he was fortunate
indeed. The Oklahoma delegation owed many favors
and courtesies to his good graces.
REV. W. A. TREADWELL
Comrade Treadwell has been one of the most faith-
ful and consistent members of our local and state or-
ganizations. Always present at the monthly meet'nga of
the local camp he is equally punctual at the State Re-
unions and at the General Reunions. It has reached
the stage now where a reunion, local state or national,
would seem incomplete without his* cheerful presence.
At these meetings he can be relied upon at all times to
fill any emergency from commander to chaplain and exalt
any position to which he may be appointed.
among the moat beautiful women of diplomatic Washing-
Captain Hester gained his title fighting under the
Stars and Bars of the lost cause. Although his daughter
today is a true and loyal American she retains an active
membership in the Daughters of the Confederacy.
On every side Mrs. Hester's life has been fraught
with romance. It was while conducting a religious meet-
ing a few years after she came to the Indian Territory
that she found her long lost baby sister, Lucinda, stolen
from home while In her infancy by relatives that she
might escape the administration of a step-mother,
Lucinda had grown to be a young woman of 24. Pate
decreed however that the happiness of their reunion
was to be of short duration. Lucinda made her home with
her sister, but after a few monthB, longing to see her
father, she left to visit him in Texas. She died at her
father's home a few days after she arrived there.
Mrs. Hester is an ardent foe of the liquor traffic and
bears a national reputation as a prohibition worker.
Her zeal takes* its inspiration, she declares from the fact
that she has learned during her years of prison and
reform work, that 90 per cent of all prisoners blame
whiskey for their downfall.
Honors by the score have been showered upon her
but the most of these have come from her church organ-
izations. More than a score of years ago the Woman's
Home Missionary society of the Oklahoma conference
elected her to life membership and several years later
when the Home and Foreign Missionary departments
were united she was made their life president. For
eighteen years she served as treasurer of the organiza-
Mrs. Hester is of royal blood, her ancestry tracing
back to the crowned heads of England. Her forefathers
came to Virginia in America's Infancy and It was in
that state that Mrs. Hester was born, the daughter of
Rev. D, T. Fulton, a Methodist minister. For many
years her father was a missionary among the Cherokee
Indians in Georgia, before the Great White, Father in
Washington induced them to come to the Indian Terri-
tory under the promise that it should be theirs as "l.ng
as grass grows and water flows."
Mrs. Hester was.' educated for the work she has fol-
lowed throughout her life. She was graduated from the
Southern Masonic Female College In Atlanta, in 1856 and
she taught in that institution for a short time before
accepting her assignment to the Chickasaw Nation.
Only once in more than sixty years has she visited
her alma mater. In April, 1916, her church work took
her to Atlanta, She found the school being conducted
En the old building of more, thaa^ialf a century ago.
In a few months Mrs,* Hester "»ivi 11 have reached her
four score years. But the wholesome life she lead in
her youth in the western .wilderness has given her a
clear mind and sound bcdv, giving promisee that her
work will continue for^several years to corpe.
ANNUAL A DDKI SS OF GEN. 1), M. HAILEY,
We are assembled here today under vastly different
conditions' than those wliich have attended our reunions
of recent years. Much diff^«nt even from our 1916
meeting. At that time we polled on the terrible sacri-
fice of human life and sympathized with paralyzed
Europe. We grieved at the monumental mortality ct the
soldiers and the sickening sight of the starvation of
millions of women, children and other non-combatants.
At that time we lauded our President for his ef-
forts to secure a basis for peace negotiations and we
noted with sorrow his utter failure. That wrs the con-
dition then, it is much changed now. During the passage
of the year we saw the rapacity and bloodthirstlness of
the German Kaiser grow greater, we saw his ever In-
GEN. CHAS. Wm. GEERS
Colonel on General CfobelTs Staff.
Chas. Wm. Goers, was born in Lexington, Ky., May
27, 1840. When the war broke out in 1861 he joined
Morgan's Cavalry, or squadron, as it was called, and
served through the war. He was the advance vldette of
the advance guard on the Ohio raid and surrendered
with General Morgan in the extreme eastern part of the
Ohio. He was imprisoned first at Columbus, Ohio* and
then in Camp Douglas at Chicago, where he was* held
till the close of the war. His whole life since the war
has been devoted to journalism. He first became editor
of the Glasgow, Ky., Times, then the Greenville, Texas,
Independent and then the Denton, Texas, Monitor, for
forty years. He published several other papers and at
present is the editor and proprietor of the Mannsville,
The Charley Geers Camp No. 1809, U. C. V. was"
named for him.
creasing desregard for international law and for the
laws of humanity. In time it came to pass, we saw the
war clouds gathering on our own horizon due to the
almost incredible action of the German militarists. Re-
peated disregard of American rights on the high seas
and continued breaches of solemn promises, Anally led
our wise and noble president to call a halt and by force
of arms to assist in restraining and overpowering that
monstrouB Prussian imperialism that Is threatening the
world with its Iron hand. When President Wilson de-
clared a state of war to exist with Germany, we cast our
lot with the Anglo-Saxon allies and forthwith measures
were devised and adopted, the like of which the world
had never seen before. A peaceful, peace-loving nation,
with only a semblance of an army, almost before it could
be realized by its own citizens had ra'sed and mobilized
one of the most formidable fighting forces on the globs.
Revenues for provisioning and providing supplies for
I his vast army, amounting to billions, were raised almost
over night. Before the civilians could awake to the fact
that we really had entered into the world war we had a
naval fleet and an armed force in the fighting zone.
When the United States made her formal entry into this
v ar, Germany regarded her lightly, even sneeringly.
Her newspapers said she was a "money-grabbing" nation
and knew nothing about the art of war. That her sole
purpose in the war would be to furnish money and sup-
plies to her allies, but as for actual fighting she was a
rrinus quantity. But my comrades, the boys in khaki
r- me from a fighting ancestry, the boys of t day are
the boys of the boys of '61 and no one who knows the
br» of '61 will ever dare question that they knew
Komothing of the art of war. And my comrades before
ve are through with this war the Germans will have
occasion many times to readjust their opinion of the
fighting qualities of our boys and will be ready to admit
that while they are pretty good hands to "grab the
inone. " they are also pretty handy with the artillery.
Until now there has been no opportunity to try the
metal of our boys as fighters, but can it be said that
they have had nothing to do with this war? Has it
not been the genius of Americans that has furnished the
surprises of this war? Were it not for our own inventive
geniuses the fighting nations would today be using the
arras and ammunition of a hundred years ago. Who fur-
nished them with the airplane? Who gave them the
automobile and automobile truck? Where did the fam-
ous tanks come from? Who invented the most powerful
and insidious weapon used in this great war, the sub-
marine? Where did they get the Howitzer, the machine
gun. the torpedo and the high explosives? American
genius contributed all these things and now American
genius will proceed to furnish the antidote for each and
give herself and her allieB new weapons as yet unheard
of for the prosecution of the war to a successful finish
for America and her allies. Already she has practically
destroyed the terror and usefulness of that vultu-e of
the high seas, the submersible and I am sure that within
a short time our own boys will see to it that they are
entirely swept from the seas of the civilized world. And
I want to say right now that our soldiers and sa lors are
inspired by a patriotism on the part of Americans that
has never reached a higher pitch. The manner in which
the Red Cross has been financed and the glorious rush
for the Liberty Bonds Is ample Indication of how the
citizens of this great commonwealth are backing the gov-
ernment, the army and the navy in this great crisis.
Every one is ready to do his bit, and even we old timers
stand ready to shoulder arms and answer "boots and
saddles" if our country calls or indicates that our rer-
vices will be acceptable. My comrades I am filled with
this glorious subject and could go on, like Tennyson's
brock, forever, but 1 mutt touch on other matters con-
cerning our personal and Immediate concern. Before
going further I desire to thank my Brigade Commanders
for their faithful service in the cause during the past
The 105th anniversary of her birth was celebrated
on June 20th, 1917. She is still hale and hearty and
bids fair to be with us many years more.
Her birthday is a social event each year in the
Home, when a feast is spread and visitors are invited in
to make the occasion a real celebration.
CO.\FKI>lCRATK IIOMK AT AllhMO'iK.
year and for their generous cooperation with me in
the conduct of our organization. Matters have prog-
ressed satisfactorily and while some of our camps have
dropped out some have grown stronger. In the smaller
towns the comrades are so scattered that it is difficult
to arrange a time when they can all be pres nt and after
they miss a few times they make no further effort. In
such cases it is wise to try to arrange for a general
meeting occasionally for revival ct interast. I should
like ti make this a suggestion for the camp cmmanders.
The Brigade Commanders have been active during
the entire year and have shown an exhilarating interest.
I have no suggestions to make to them as they have
performed every dutv faithfully.
The Home at Ardmore has had a successful year
under the management of Comrade Captain Harris. The
Inmates have been well cared for and a v'sit to the insti-
tution will convince one that they are happv and con-
tented. The sanitary conditions have been improve! and
the productiveness of the farm increased. With all this
progress, however, I regret to say that old Father Time
has not dealt generously with us. Th!s year we have
lost manv of our comrades. Not through any fault or
lack of attention and not by any epidemic, but just a
general wearing down of the tissues incident to old age.
We must expect that they will fall like leaves from
the trees when the frost of winter has shorn them of
their vitality and sapped the energy that was theirs in
We have reason to thank the legislature and our
good governor for the generous manner in wh'ch we
have been treated by them. There was no question about
our appropriations. What we asked for we got, which
means, of course that we asked for only what was in
reason and what we felt was necessary for the care and
comfort of our comrades.
In the matter of pensions also, we have more reason
to be under obligation to our governor and our legisla-
ture. The amount of the appropriation was sufficiently
increased this time to materially aid in the re*lef of cur
comrades who are on the rolls. I am sure that you will
all join me in expressing our sincerest thanks for this
Before closing I want to mention something of our
grand reunion at Washington, This year the ra'lroads
were more liberal on the question of rates and by reason
of the added attraction of holding the reunion in the
capital of our country the reunion was the largest and
best we have ever held. On account of the large f oatin^
population in Washington it is difficult to say ju*t how
many veterans were there, but I be'ieve it is safe to say
that 30,000 or 40.000 were in attendance. Notwith-
standing the difficulties presented to the committees In
charge the crowd was well handled and well cared for.
I am sure wc made a wonderful impression on the peo-
ple in that section. Everything was thrown open to us
and we were royally entertained. Washington was never
busier but that seemed not in the least to lessen their
attention to us. We were reviewed by President W lson
and as' we passed down Pennsylvania avenue it must
have been an inspiration to those younger men win had
been hesitating whether to join the colors. Other not-
ables in Washington made speeches for us and comming-
led with us in convention and in camp. Our little side
trips to Mount Vernon and especially to the dedicaton of
the Statue to our Immortal Hero, Robert E. Lee. at
Gettysburg were greatly enjoyed.
Gen. Geo. P. Harrison, was re-elected Commander-
in-Chief for the ensuing year and there were few changes
in departmental commanders.
Gen. Bennett H. Young, our former Commander-in
Chief, was present and very active In entertaining the
Everyone who went on the trip had a splendid
time and my only regret is that all could not have gone.
However next year we will all have a better opportunity.
as Tulsa, in this state, was the successful bidder for
the National Reunion in 1918. Much praise and credit
iB due Gen. Tate Brady and Gen. Merritt A. Glass for
their untiring efforts to secure that honor for Tulsa. We
owe them a debt of gratitude for the ceaseless work they
did and we will show our appreciation by being there in
large numbers next year.
Now my comrades, before I close I want to say
again how glad I am to s-ee you here. When we complete
each reunion we leave with the fear that our best friends
will not be with us when we meet again. Our shadows
are lengthening and for many the sun soon will set.
With thiB sentiment in our hearts we should cultivate
more the opportunities to meet in our camps and co-
operate with our comrades to make these meetings of
such a nature that all will make an effort to mine. In
Camp Jeff-Lee, No. 68, we have invited the Sons and
the Daughters not only to meet with us, but to join
the camp. In this way we have built up a splendid
camp and we look forward with pleasure to each meet-
ing. On the fourth Sunday afternoon in each month
we get together and have a general discussion of social
and historical matters and every one leaves with a feel-
ing of gladness that he came. I merely mention this
so that other camps may take advantage of it and apply
it. We Have been doing it for a year or more and 1
can Bay frankly that we have a better camp now than
we have ever had before with a goodly number of Sons
and Daughters at each meeting.
Before closing I desire to make public thanks to one
other of my official family, upon whose shoulders I have
shifted many of my burdens this year. He has accepted
them in addition to his own and has performed nobly.
I refer to my Adjutant General R. B. Coleman. He has
veen very active and at all times has been ready to assist
me in all matters in which our organization has been
concerned and I desire to thank him thus publicly for the
And now my comrades I thank you all for the cour-
tesies and attention you have shown me and 1 hop
sincerely to see you at Tulsa next June or July and
again at our State Reunion wherever it may meet, I
Veterans Added to the Pension Roll
During the Past Year
Name — Co. and Regiment P. 0. County
William D. Garrison K 56th Georgia Infantry Dow , ..Pittsburg
Anderson, L. Walker A 45th Virginia Infantry -Bishop, R. 1 Ellis
Samuel N. Shepherd I 11th Texas Infantry — Lexington „„ Cleveland
George M. D. Street G 34th Mississippi Infantry Wapanucka Johnston
Alford M. Carroll - H 6th Tennessee Infantry Powell __ Marshall
George W. Scruggs B 17th Mississippi Infantry Hartshorne Pittsburg
Ruben Marler A 9th Alabama Infantry Hominy, Box 197 ..Osage
James K. P. Smith C 6th Georgia Cavalry Caddo Bryan
Dock Crunk ... C 17th Texas Cavalry Mariow Stephens
Clement J. Mullins H 35th Arkansas Infantry Maud, R. 3 Seminole
Samuel W. Ricks G 39th N. C. Infantry Shamrick ... _ Creek
Daniel F. Underhill H 24th Tennessee Infantry Madill Marshall
William H. White L Perryman's S. C. Infantry Stllwell Adair
James R. Robinson C 3rd Missouri Infantry Claremore Rogers
Larry Morris B Chickasaw Battalion Cavalry Lexington Cleveland
John W. Layton Coffee's- Regiment Missouri Cavalry_Ardmore Carter
Matthew G. McDonald 1- I 24th Mississippi Infantry McAlester ._' Pittsburg
John Kuykandall G 41st Mississippi Infantry Texola Beckham
Aaron M. Curb K 11th Alabama Infantry Dryden, R. 1 Harmon
Leander F. Rhoades F 4th Alabama Cavalry Enville r— Love
John C. Edwards F 12th Mississippi Infantry Seminole Seminole
John A. Sain C 12th Tennessee Infantry Farris Ataka
D. D. Harpole I 34th Tennessee Infantry Stonewall, R. 3 Pontotoc
William J. Layton I 3th Missouri Infantry Bernlce Delaware
William C. Murphree B 36th Arkansas Infantry -.-Butler, R. 4 Custer
Alva B. Harper B Searcy's Battalion Missouri S. S. Marietta, R. 2 Love
General H. McMillin I 5th Tennessee Cavalry ... . Texola Beckham
W. M. Martin H 16th Tennessee Infantry Kiowa Pittsburg
Clavin Short E Tennessee Cavalry Roff j Pontotoc
Name — Co.
Patten M. Messer B
Andrew J. Norvill I
Hugh D. McGee E
William M. Harlas __ A
William J. Lancaster G
R. H. Jones K
Williamson R, Burditt A
John C. Holland A
W. B. Wilson K
James Rowe F
John L. Ealv ... ;, B
Edward Smith C
James R. Webster E
R. E. W. Ince H
George W. Raper G
John D. Thompson K
Nathaniel P. Desliong K
William L. Westbrook K
Francis L, Moore B
Claud B. Calhoun H
William C. Scott C
William M. Eads G
William Barber B
John R. Hynson D
Harvey B. Moore B
Francis M. Settle 7th
William C. Rogers t I
George W. Dykes F
Alvis J. Hathcox B
Richard Norrls ._ I
A. Kimsey Standridge B
Isaac A. Flo; d „ D
James E. Ellinburg A
William H. Douthit B
George W. Butler G
•Abel M. Crow m B
Isaac Jones B
and Regiment P. O. County
22nd Texas Cavalry Morrison Noble
Braxton's Battalion Va. Artillery Shutler Okmulgee
34th N. C. Infantry Pawhuska Osage
Wells' Texas Battalion Cavalry Martha Jackson
8th Arkansas Infantry i Ritter Hughes
24th Mississippi Infantry .. Stonewall Coal
18th Texas Cavalry J Stratford Prntotoc
1st Missouri Cavalry Oklahoma City Oklahoma
6th Texas Cavalry Beck _. Carter
1st Cherokee Mtd. Cavalry Leach Ma'*es
12th Tennessee Cavalry Stilwell Adair
Hawthorn's Arkansas Infantry Eakley . Kiowa
Nichols* Missouri Cavalry Lenapa J Nowata
30th Texas Cavalry mm Norman Cleve'ani
2nd Cherokee Mtd. Infantry Steeley -Delaware
50th Virginia Infantry Purcell McClain
6th Georgia Infantry Hugo Choctaw
19th Arkansas- Infantry Boswell Choctaw
9th Texas Infantrv Farris Atoka
2nd Arkansas Cavalr/ Marlow Stephens
2d S. C. Infantry Konawa Seminole
60th Tennessee Infantry Konawa Seminole
2d Tennessee Infantry , George Garvin
7th Texas Infantry Flnley Pushmataha
1st Arkansas Cavalry Woodville Marshall
Texas Field Battery Wynnewood Garvin
3rd Tennessee Mtd. Infantry Welch Cra'g
12th Texas Infantry Rush Springs Grady
4th Texas 1 Infantry Durant Bryan
24th Georgia Infantry Colbert Bryan
52d Georgia Infantrv Bartlesvllle Washington
6th Mississippi Cavalry Ada Pontotoc
Boswell's Battalion Georgia Cavalry. Carnegie Caddo
6th Kentucky Cavalry Phillips Coal
16th Texas Dis. Metd. Cavalry Castle Okfuskee
Phillip's Georgia Legion Ada ,-P-^nt^toc
84th Tennessee Infantry Carter . becki.air
Thomas G. Shockley H
Jasper Briskey D
Hamilton B. Wilson B
Robert P. Cochran D
P. M. Vaughan , D
Levi L. Price ._ F
T. George Holt B
Cosbey L. Shirley , D
William B. Goode K
Thomas A. Mattox
Alexander P. Ledbetter „ H
Charles C. Elliott A
Harve W. Mayes H
Griffin C. Lewis , E
Benjamin F. Williams A
John N. Bloodworth H
John Hall A
Presley L. Bottom? K
Marion J. Kelley B
Joseph J. Moreland F
George W. Johnson
Thomas J. Hill F
Rufus A. Wallace C
James M. Moore K
J. H. Doster D
John W. Givins F
Thomas V, Jackson „__ G
Thomas J. Walker G
James W. Echols H
George W. Worley ._ G
John W. Lewis I
William H. Little G
Joseph A. Wade A
William J. Herring E
Isaac Sanders I
James M. Wood ._ A
William L. larr D
Francis M. Gore I
John W. Graham D
James Hicks «*-_-» D
Indpt. Battalion Georgia Cavalry Lexington Cleveland
14th Alabama Infantry Sedan Comanche
29th N. C. Infantry Rose Cherokee
43rd Mississippi Infantry --McAlester Pittsburg
12th Missouri Cavalry __ Carnegie Caddo
24th Arkansas Infantry Antlers Pushmataha
4th Georgia Infantry Phillips Coal
3rd Alabama Cavalry Randlett Cotton
Baylor's Texas Cavalry Wayne McClain
Freeman's Battery Tenn. Artill3ry._ McAlester Pittsburg
19th Arkansas Infantry Wetumka Hughes
64th Virginia Infantry Cement Caddo
16tli Georgia Cavalry Tishomingo Johnston
8th Mississippi Infantrv __ Rosedale McClain
Bourland's Texas Cavalry Durant Bryan
27th Texas Cavalry _ Frederick Tillman
15th Arkansas Infantry Meeker ... Lincoln
26th Tennessee Infantry Oklahoma City Oklahoma
8th Alabama Infantry Bokchito . Bryan
2nd Texas Cavalry Mangum Greer
Dent's Battery Alabama Ltd. Art. __ Fillmore oJhnston
55th Alabama Infantry Durant Bryan
48th Tennessee Infantry ... Lindsay Garvin
1st Tennessee Infantry Bokchito ; Bryan
48th N. C. Infantry Spencerville Choctaw
6th Missouri Cavalry Gerty , Hughes
tith Georgia Cavalry Duke Jackson
63rd Alabama Infantry . Sulphur Murray
1st Georgia Cavalry Stigler ,__j Haskell
1st Tennessee Infantry Newalla Oklahoma
18th Arkansas Infantry Osage , Osage
29th Alabama Infantry _ Strong City Roger Mills
1st Georgia Cavalry Lindsay ,_, Garvin
4th Mississippi Infantry Boswell Choctaw
1st Cherokee Cavalry Bunch .Adair
Gordon's Arkansas Cavalry Cowlington LeFlore
14th Texas Cavalry -Wiemr
3rd Louisiana Cavalry Swink
17th Texas Infantry Afton
3rd Arkansas Infantry Wister
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PARTIAL REPORT OP CONFEDERATE HOME
— at —
A partial report of the Confederate Home at Ard-
more is herewith submitted.
With pleasure, I report the Home in a very pros-
perous' condition and our garden and farm prospects
are very fine.
The general health of the inmates is very good.
With the exception of a few chronic cases there are
none at this time of consequence.
All seem happy and contented and enjoy and ap-
preciate the liberality of the state for maintaining so
up to date a place, one that is a matter of pride when
compared to those of other states.
The inmates enjoy looking after the shrubbery,
flowers and orchard. It seems to be the exercise and
recreation they need to keep them in the best of health
It is good for them to be here where they can sit
under their own vine and pecan tree and discuss the
terrible war. A large majority would even now be glad
to take up arms to defend "Old Glory" the same "Old
Glory" that they fought so gallantly against fifty-three
We hope to celebrate Grandma Whittle's 105th
birthday June 20th. This has come to be a function to
be looked forward to. Each year we have had a cele-
bration of this event. She is still hale and hearty and
if there is anything in looks, we are apt to have the
pleasure of seeing her many more years on this anni-
The number of inmates now in the Home »b
Women J J
jyjej! , . . •*
Deaths the past twelve months 12
Admitted to the Home past 12 months --20
Withdrawn from Home past 12 months 9
J. W. Harris, Superintendent.
Live Stock on Farm.
One team horses.
Seven milk cows.
One hundred white leghorn hens.
Admitted Since Ijast June.
Carroll, M. W., age 83, admitted 7-14-16, Oklahoma City
McCain, R. A., age 74, admitted 7-20-16 ____ — — Aledo
Daniel Marma, age 72, admitted 8-8-16 __ __— Vinita
Taylor, N. B., ag« 7 3, admitted 8-22-16 __Oklahoma City
Taylor Sue C, age 70, admitted 10-3-16 ..Oklahoma City
Jones, Sam T., age 73, admitted 8-23-16 Yukon
Cook, J. B., age 82, admitted 10-20-16 Dindsey
Williamson, John, age 86, admitted 9-1-16 Ardmore
Johnson, W. S., age 81, admitted 11-9-16 Overbrook
Johnson, Polly, age 73, admitted 11-9-16 Overbrook
Herbert, H. S., age 78, admitted 1-11-17 -Oklahoma City
Brown, Jessie, age 80, admitted 1-3-17 Shawnee
Bourland, J. R.. age 76, admitted 3-24-17 Shawnee
Clemens, J. H., age 88, admitted 3-27-17 — Leon
Clemens, Mary E., age 78, admitted 3-27-17 " L f° n
Mclntyre, Arch, age 77, admitted 4-5-17 Walter
Newton, G. W., age 71, admitted 4-13-17 K J?^5
Starke, J. B., age 73, admitted 4-25-17 —Enid
Baker, J. S., age 74, admitted 5-12-17 Trouesdale
Pride, Elizabeth, age 90, admitted Mannsville
Bean, Wm. H., age 72, admitted 9-6-16 ..Oklahoma City
Daniel, Marma, age 72, admitted 10-26-16 -XJ? lta
Webb, W. M., age 72, admitted 12-23-16 ... Wilson
Rush, Elizabeth, age 74, admitted 12-24-16 ..Hennessey
Williamson, John, age 87, admitted 3-3-17 Ardmore
McElroy, Mary A., age 70, admitted 3-26-17, Lone Grove
Rush, Henry B., age 76, admitted 5-2-17 Hennessey
Wimberly, Edgar G., age 77, admitted 5-i 2-1 7 _ Ardmore
Earl, W. H., age 82, admitted 5-9-17 Oklahoma City
Cook, J. B., age 83, admitted 6-7-17 Lindsey
Goins, Elizabeth, age 85, admitted 6-8-17 Centrahoma
Gentry, Wm. C, age 79, admitted 6-11-17 Sulphur
Carroll, Charles W., admitted 12-14-16 Lindsey
Johnson, G. W. and wife, admitted 3-22-17 __Wapanucka
Herring, W. J. and wife, admitted 2-21-17 Messer
McVey, Mary, admitted 5-4-17 . Wilburton
Steen, J. B., admitted 6-3-17,
Wallace, W, W. and wife, admitted 4-1-17.
Farris, J. N.; Webb, Mrs. Louisa; Revel, J. H.;
Rounds, B. T.; Duncan, Mrs 1 . S. A.; Davis, W. H. K.;
Boswell, T. G.; Coleman, A. O.; Driver, J. B.; Loggins,
J. B.; Oxley, H. C. and wife; Miller, G. F.; Joslyn, G.
W.; Moreland, D. C; McDaniels, B. F, ; McDaniels,
Emma; Simpson, W. T.
Clark, S. E. and Goodman, Carrie L., September
One of the functions looked forward to by the
inmates each year, is the celebration of the birthday of
Grandma Whittle. On the 20th of June the usual birth-
day party was had and everybody congratulated Grandma
on reaching the 105th milestone. It is generally con-
ceded that if she had taken care of her health in her
younger days she might have reached a ripe old age. She
is' still hale and hearty and ready to engage the visitors
and inmates in conversation. The only trouble seems
to be that she covers a bit too much territory for the
ordinary person. In other words ordinary mortals can
discuss the history of the United States and its wars as
learned from our books, but Grandma has had the
advantage of personal contact and witness and her
memory is so good that she knows much more than the
"books" on many subjects connected with the history
of our country.
The usual feast was had and all the inmates as well
as visitors from the city participated. It was a jolly
gathering and no one enjoyed it more than Grandma
ANNUAL REUNION OP UNITED CONFEDERATE
Washington, D. C, June 4th, 5th, and 6th, 1917.
The reunion at Washington was probably the best
and most successful of any meeting of the kind held
since the beginning of our organization.
The attendance was larger than usual and the rail-
roads showed a more liberal disposition in the matter of
rates than heretofore.
The following General Order was issued by Gen. D.
M. Hailey of the Oklahoma Division.
HEADQUARTERS OKLAHOMA DIVISION U. C. V.
MAJOR GENERAL D. M. HAILEY, COMMANDING
GENERAL ORDERS No. 1,
McAlester, Okla., April 1st, 1917.
To all brigade and camp commanders 1 , Oklahoma
Division, U. C. V.:
By order of Gen. Geo. B. Harrison, Commander in
Chief of the United Confederate Veterans, the Twenty-
Seventh Annual Reunion of the United Confederate Vet-
erans will convene in Washington, D. C, June 7th. ,
It is ordered that each Brigade Commander issue
orders to his Camp Commanders conveying this informa-
tion, and further notify them to at once remit to the Ad-
jutant General, Wm, E. Mickle, of New Orleans, the an-
nual dues of members.
It is further ordered that the camps select delegates
and alternates to represent them at this convention.
It is particularly desired by your commander that
as many of the comrades as possible attend this reunion.
The location in itself should be a special Incentive and it
is 1 our ambition to have a representative delegation from
It is requested that all those who attend make a
special effort to secure the regulation Confederate uni-
form, which will make us more distinctive and secure
better attention while there. This applies also to the
Sons of Veterans,
The railroads have been more generous than in
former years and have conceded us a very reasonable
The Rock Island, Southern and Norfolk & Western
railways will be the official route to Washington. A
special train will be assembled at McAlester, being joined
here by special cars from Tulsa, under supervision of
Gen. Tate Brady, comanding the Sons. This special
train will be run through from here to Washington.
The Official Route — Rock Island lines to Memphis,
Southern Railway to Bristol, Norfolk and Western to
Lynchburg, Southern Railway to Washington.
Herewith is schedule and rates for the round
Friday, June 1st., leave Tulsa at 5:10 a. in,, M. K.
& T„ rate $36.60.
Friday, June 1st., arrive at McAlester 10:00 a. m.,
M. K. & T.
Friday, June 1st., leave Vinita at 9:10 a. in., M. K.
& T., rate $36.20.
Friday, June 1st., leave Muskogee at 11:20 a. m.,
M. K. & T., rate $36.45.
Friday, June 1st., arrive McAlester at 1:15 p. m. f
M. K. & T.
Friday, June 1st., leave Ardmore at 7:30 a. m.,
Rock Island, rate $38.40.
Friday, June 1st., arrive Haileyville at 12:30 p. m.,
Friday, June 1st., leave Oklahoma City at 9:20
a. m., Rock Island, rate $39.60.
Friday, June 1st., leave Shawnee at 11:20 a. m.,
Rock Island, rate $38.0 5.
Friday, June 1st., leave Holdenville at 12:43 p. m.,
Rouk Island, rate $36.60.
Friday, June 1st., leave Calvin at 1:10 p. m., Rock
Island, rate $35.94.
Friday, June 1st, arrive McAlester at 2:30 p. m.,
Friday, June 1st., leave McAlester at 2:50 p. m.,
Rock Island, rate $34.80.
Friday, June 1st., leave Haileyville at 3:25 p. m.,
Rock Island, rate $34.60.
Friday, June 1st., leave Wilburton at 4:00 p. m,,
Rock Island, rate $33.55,
Friday, June 1st., leave Wister at 5:20 p. m., Rock
Island, rate $32.20.
Friday, June 1st, leave Howe at 5:31 p. m., Rock
Island, rate $31.90.
Saturday, June 2nd., leave Memphis, Tennessee at
8:00 a. m., Southern Railway.
Saturday, June 2nd., arrive Chattanooga, Tennessee
at 5:15 p. m., Southern Railway.
Sunday, June 3rd., arrive Washington, D. C. at 3:00
p. m., Southern Railway.
Tickets — -Tickets will be on sale at all stations in
Oklahoma June 1st. and 2nd. with return limit June
21st., but with privilege of extension to July 6th, by
depositing with Special Agent at Washington on or be-
fore June- 21st.
Equipment — Train will consist of latest up-to-date
equipment, Chair Cars, day coaches, as well as both
standard and tourist sleeping cars. Special cars Will
leave Tulsa on schedule shown above connecting with
Special at McAlester.
Comrades may consult local railway agents for rates
from stations not appearing on the above list.
Commander Oklahoma Division, U. C. V.
D. M. HA1LEY
Adjutant General and Chief of Staff.
R. B. COLEMAN,
The State Reunion will be held at Chickasha July
10th., 11th., and 12th., 1917,
Responding to the above order the veterans from
over the state began writing in for information and when
the day arrived for our special train to depart there was
a much larger gathering than had ever gone from here
before to a general reunion. The train was routed
through a beautiful and historical section of the South.
Many stops were made, the one at Shiloh battlefield be-
ing particularly interesting and pleasing to the veterans.
It was Monday morning when the train arrived in
Washington to find that thousands of the veterans were
already on the ground.
The various committees on arrangements met the
veterans as they arrived and the most perfect harmony
marked their efforts. There was little or no confusion
notwithstanding it was said that the largest crowd was
then in Washington that had ever been in the Capital
city at one time.
Colonel Harper, in charge of all committees was
especially active and saw to it that all veterans were
/ The first day of the reunion was largely occupied in
sight seeing by the veterans. There were Piaces of world
wide renown that should be seen to make their visit
complete. The departments' of government were gracious
in their attention and were ready In all instances to ex-
plain in detail the point of interest under their super-
vision. Congress Halls were liberally patronized and the
Congressmen were busy entertaining their constituency.
It was a pleasure for them as well as a treat for the
boys in gray.
Not until the second day did the organization get
down to a working basis. Committees and routine mat-
ters were attended to and there was little els© to dp
other than electing officers for the ensuing year and
selecting the place for holding the next General Reunion.
The resolution asking that there be a rotati n in
office of the Commander in Chief was the principal one
to be considered. It was Anally decided that it -should
be adopted but not become effective until next year.
Gen, Geo. B. Harrison, of Opelika, Alabama, the
present Commander in Chief was then nominated to suc-
ceed himself was reelected without opposition.
The departmental commanders were reelected, re-
turning to us for the Trans-Mississippi Department, Gen.
K. M. Van Zandt. »i
Gen. Vance was elected to succeed Gen. Hickman as
Commander of Department of Tennessee.
Gen. Carr succeeded Gen. Brown as Commander of
Department of Army of Virginia.
The really big day of the reunion was on the 6th.
when the parade of veterans marched down Pennsyl-
vania Avenue, a consummation they have devoutly wish-
ed for since 1861. However the circumstances were en-
tirely different from those of the early sixties, yet were
This parade was the most remarkable, of its kind
and will live long in the memories, not only of the vet-
erans but also of the spectators.
The weather was favorable and early in the morning
the veterans began forming and: getting their locations.
About ten o'clock in the morning the head of the
parade swung majestically into Pennsylvania Avenue
with a body of mounted police in the lead followed
immediately by Hon. Hilary Herbert, former secretary of
the navy as Grand Marshal, and Col. Robert E, Lee, son
of the great hero of the South, with his official staff.
This was the signal for prolonged cheering from the
veterans and the crowds along the street. Next came the
famous United States Marine Band. As it came into th3
Avenue it started to playing "Dixie" and pandemonium
broke loose. Troops of U. S. Cavalry, citizen escorts 1
and Spanish War veterans were next in line.
Then came one of the real sensations of the parade,
the band from Waxahachie, Texas. This is a famous
organization and has attended many of the reunions in
the south. As it hove in sight II began the old southern
airs and mixed in just enough of the familiar and soul
stirring syncopated sort, to give the crowd the max' mum
of enthusiasm. Proudly it marched out as the head and
leader of the main phalanxes of the confederate veterans.
The Commander in Chief, with his staff, his sponsor,
maids of honor and ladles in waiting, escorted by a dele-
gation of Grand Army of the Republic vete~ans mw
reached the Avenue, which was the signal for rcunds
after rounds of applause.
In the Grand Army escort was Gen. E. W. Whit-
taker, who was present when General Lee surrendered at
Appomatox. There were many others famous in tha
sixties on the northern side, that rode and fraternized
with Gen. Geo. P. Harrison and his staff as they rode
down Pennsylvania Avenue.
At this time the blending of the stars and stripes
and stars and bars stood out as a most prominent demon-
stration of the complete elimination of all feeling be-
tween the north and the south and of the solidaritv of
the entire country under the leadership of the one flag
that floats for air and over all.
Following the Commander in Chief wers the autos
conveying the Daughters of the Confederacy, headed by
Mrs. F. G. Odenheimer, accompanied by her maids,
sponsors and matrons and other members of h?r staff.
The riot of colors displayed from the autos, consisting
of a generous intertwining of the colors of the stars and
stripes and stars and bars, drew forth a riot of applause
all down the line. The maids of Mrs. Odenheimer, were
Mrs. Josephus Daniels and Miss Mary Custis Lee.
The departmental commanders were then lined up
and in order, dropped into line of procession. Each
division was roundly applauded all the way down the
Liberally interspersed in the line of march were
various organizations that gave added interest ti the
parade. There was a regiment of cadets from the Vir-
ginia Military Institute, second only to West Point, and
their appearance at all times met with a noisy reception.
The regulars too, were given to understand that they
were mighty highly regarded by their civilian brothers.
One of the special features of the whole parade was
that of the Sons of Veterans, lead by Gen. Earnest Bald-
win, Commander in Chief of the sons and Gen, Nathan
B. Forrest, Adjutant General and chief of staff. They
introduced a novel and very pleasing feature to the
thousands of visitors watching the procession. On floats
were the United Confederate choirs singing the patriotic
songs that thrill the South and never fail to inspire the
North, As they passed down the line their reception at
times was so great that it was difficult to know Just what
songs they were singing. There was also a chrir com-
posed of children, who were dressed in red, white and
blue and sang the old songs nearly as well as their older
sisters and met with quite as much applause.
With the Sons there were more than a thousand in
line, gathered in from every state in the union, every
man of whom pledged himself to the cause of the union
and to the defense of our united country. It was an
inspiring sight to the veterans as well as to many young
were particularly active. Washington now knows Gen.
Tate Brady and Gen. Merritt A. Glass, almost as well as
Tulsa. On one day they were with General Hailey, hon-
ored with a full page in the Washington Post.
They seemed to be everywhere at all times and
Tulsa was 1 so persistently preached on all occasions that
if there was any other city in the United States had any
idea of putting in a bid for the 1918 reunion their cour-
age was crushed by the terrific onslaught made by the
Oklahomans. The result was that when time came for
selecting the next place for reunion there was no open
opposition and next year Tulsa will entertain the vet-
From a social point of view the Oklahoma delega-
tion was at all times in the front raiik. However con-
sidering the ladies on the official s'taff there could be
drawn hardly any other conclusion.
Mrs. Leon Huckins, of Oklahoma City, as Sponsor,
Miss Italy Carter, daughter of Congressman Carter fro in
Oklahoma, and Mrs. Ruth Brady Dewey, of Tulsa, Maids'
of Honor, and Mrs. Arthur Walcott, Chaperon. Mrs.
Norman Nelson and Mrs. James 1 Armstrong, of Oklahoma
City as Sponsor and Maid of Honor for the First Brigade,
is a galaxy of entertainers that would shine in any court
in the wide world, and they did shine in the courts of
Washington, Oklahoma had good reason to be proud
of her representation among the Daughters.
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Probably one of the most enjoyable occasions of the
reunion to those who were fortunate enough to be among
those present, was the dinner given by Josephus Daniels,
Secretary of the Navy, to Gen. Geo. B. Harrison, Com-
mander in Chief of the veterans. The President's yacht,
the Mayflower was chosen as the place for holding this
memorable dinner and the guests of the Secretary, be-
sides General Harrison, were the Commanders of the
State Divisions. There wer© other notables present
also. Secretary Daniels proved himself a genial host and
his guests were charmed and entertained beyond ex-
pression. The Paymaster General of the Confederate
Veterans was present with a number of Confederate ten
dollar bills. With these he paid each Confederate pres-
ent for services rendered during the reunion in Wash-
ington. Those present will carry the occasion in their
memories' as one of the most enjoyable social functions
of their lives. Gen. D. M. Hailey, as commander of the
Oklahoma Division, had the honor to sit among the
guests and brought home with him the ten dollar Con-
federate bill with which the obligation of the reunion
committee to him was discharged. He is very proud of
Miss Mary Custis Lee, the only surviving daughter
of Robert E. Lee was the recipient of many honors during
the reunion. In every instance her appearance was the
signal for prolonged applause. When she rode in her
automobile she was showered with flowers and every-
where the stars and bars were wildly waved. Miss Lee
has visited every confederate state in the union and all
who have ever heard her talk are deeply attached to her,
not only, because she is the daughter of the Hero of
the South, but because of her charming personality.
GENERAL GEO. B. HARRISON TO NEWSPAPER MEN
"This has been one of the grandest reunions I have
ever attended and 1 rejoice in the fact that I. have lived
to see it." Gen. Geo. B. Harrison, Commander in Chief
of the Confederate Veterans, said in expressing his ap-
preciation to a group of Washington newspaper men at
his headquarters yesterday.
"Certainly the event carried more significance than
any preceding one, coming at this time and bringing
about a real testimonial of the reunited North and
South. On behalf of the Confederates I want to express
to Col. Robert N. Harper and the people of Washington
my deep appreciation of their royal entertainment and
hospitable treatment in general. ''—Washington Post.
Oklahoma Delegation Thanks Washingtonians.
WHEREAS the Oklahoma Division of the United
Confederate Veterans in convention assembled in the City
of Washington, District of Columbiav<on the 7th. day of
June, 1917, while attending the 27th. Annual Reunion of
the United Confederate Veterans, having received the
hospitality of its citizens,
BE IT RESOLVED that the Oklahoma Division ex-
presses its sincere thanks and deep appreciation of the
many courtesies shown its Veterans, Sons and Daughters
while within its gates.
By order of D. M. HAILEY,
Commander Oklahoma Division.
R. B. COLEMAN,
Railroad Men Remembered.
En Route to Washington, D. C,
June 3rd., 1917.
Resolved that we, the U. C. V. and S. C. V. and the
U. D. C. of the Oklahoma Division, in appreciation of the
efficient services and many kindnesses, which we have
received at the hands of those in charge of our special
train, hereby express our thanks and appreciation to
them and desire to mention especially the patience and
attention of Mr. 0. Collins, Traveling Passenger agent
of the Rock Island Lines and Mr. E. S. Sullivan, Travel-
ing Passenger agent, Southern Railway System; Also
the following: L. W. Oats, Oklahoma Cit"; R. Johns,
Oklahoma City; W. Hughes, Kansas City; E. McCowan,
Oklahoma City; J. Brown, Denver, Colorado; T. Roden,
Such efficiency in service and kindness upon the
part of the railroad officials and servants are a great
comfort to the traveling public and reflects honor upon
the corporation which they serve. We recommend them
to all whom they may serve and cheerfully furnish to
each of them a copy of this expression of our gratitude.
D. M. Hailey, Commander Oklahoma Division.
Capt. A. S. McKennon,
Rev. W. A. Treadwell,
U. C. V.
Mrs. Lutie Hailey Walcott, U. D. C.
.Tate Brady, S. C. V.
RAID ON THE SENATE.
Nearly a hundred Confederate Veterans entertained
themselves in the Senate Chamber yesterday afternoon
by holding what Capitol attaches said was the first mock
Senate session ever permitted in the chamber. They
were the guests of Senator Hoke Smith, of Georgia, who
induced the doorkeepers to suspend the rigidly enforced
rules barring non-members from the Senate floor during
Several of the old soldiers addressed the mock ses-
sion in humorous vein and one nominated Senator Smith
for the presidency. The vote was unanimous, but Sena-
tor Smith will continue as the senatorial representative
of the State of Georgia until further action has been
taken by the country at large.
The principal reason Oklahoma Division was always
socially present was due to the personel of its staff.
Among them were the following: Mrs. Leon W. Huck^
ins, Sponsor, Oklahoma City; Mrs. Ruth Brad" Dewey,
Maid of Honor, Tulsa; Miss Italy Carter, Maid of Honor,
Washington, and Mrs. Arthur Walcott, Chaperon, Ard-
more. These represented the Oklahoma Division and
they were brilliantly augmented by the ladies of the
first brigade: Mrs. Norman Nelson, Sponsor, Oklahoma
City; Mrs, James R. Armstrong, Matron, Oklahoma City.
Viewing and reviewing the talent it is small wonder
that the Oklahoma delegation shone resplendent on every
occasion. The state can well feel proud of the manner
in which they were represented at this National Reunion.
In the convention, beside General Hailey, as com-
mander of the Oklahoma Division, we had Gen. T. D.
Turner on the Committee on Credentials and Ccl. R. A,
Sneed, on Committee on Resolutions.
SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS.
The attendance of the Sons of Veterans was larger
this time than at any other since the beginning of the
organization. In social matters they were particularly in
evidence and their assistance was valuable in helping
the veterans about and looking after their comforts.
Gen. Earnest Baldwin of Roanoke, Virginia, was re-
elected Commander in Chief and Gen. Nathan Bodford
Forrest was returned as' Adjutant in Chief.
Gen. Merritt A. Glass was 1 reelected Commander of
the Trans-Mississippi department. Oklahoma was rep-
resented by Gen. Tate Brady, as commander of the Okla-
The Daughters also had a much larger attendance
than usual. Mrs. Odenheimer, President of the Daugh-
ters was the leader in all the social functions in which
the ladies joined. With her were Mary Cust<s Lee,
grand-daughter of Gen. Robert E. Lee, and her staff. T"e
ladies of the cabinet were particularly attentive to the
Daughters and arranged many entertainments and re-
ceptions for them.
Mrs. Odenheimer, as President of the Daughters
promulgated an order to be effective at once, command-
ing that all chapters of the Daughters throughout the
United States, as an organization, join their forces and
efforts in assisting in every way possible, the council
of defense, the Red Cross and all other patriotic organ-
izations. Heretofore^ the Daughters have had no co-
ordination with any other society or association, but at
this time with a reunited country and the need for co-
operation from all sources it was deemed the part of
duty as well as patriotism. The women of the Confed-
eracy will now work hand in hand with the women of
the Grand Army, Daughter of the American Revolution
and other patriotic societies.
This is a move that has met with immense popu-
larity and tended to make real heroines of the Daughters
of the Confederacy at Washington.
THE MEN FROM DIXIE.
To the strains of "Dixie," to "Maryland, Mv Mary-
land," to all the old tunes, the veterans of the Con-
federacy marched today in grand review.
Their souls swelled with pride cf conquest, the con-
quest of love. Their steps quickened to heart beats of
gratitude that in losing they had won, for the country
was one country, and that one, theirs.
There was not one of the gray coated men hut
would have, in the sixties, willingly given his life if h's
cause might have been triumphant; if the forces of Dixla
might have marched victorious up the avenue. But now
fifty years afterward, loving his cau*e as much as ever,
no less devoted to the Stars and Bars than in the days
gone by, he rejoiced that after all the country was not
broken, that he was a citizen of the United States and
a part of a united people.
The Capital has never welcomed a parade so tumul-
tously. One continuous cheer rang from the Peace Mo -"u-
ment to the White House. The "reb-1 yell" resounded
from the throats of spectators thrilled by the wonderful
showing of the veterans. Great roars of applauee greet-
ed well known officers, many of whom rode bare headed
so continuous was the applause.
Never before, never again In all probability, will the
veterans of the confederacy march in the Capital, but
certainly every one of them will remember the wonder-
ful reception that was given them and every one who
saw them as they marched past will cherish a new sen-
sation of supreme emotion and reestablished or renewed
Old men in gray you made a noble show. Hail and
farewell. — Washington Times.
CLAIMS APPROVED BY PENSION BOARD.
Only 97 9 out of 2908 applications for pensions un-
der the provisions of the new Confederate soldier and
sailors pensluu bill, were approved by the state board of
pension commissioners, according to a statement given
out. Lack of sufficient funds with which to pay the
claims is the reason that more of the claims were not
allowed and approved.
Each of the persons whose claims 1 were approved by
the board will receive $5.00 for the present quarter.
The state board of pension commissioners, which has
been in session for four days in the office of the chair-
man in the Patterson building, was adjourned, having
completed its work for the first quarter. The work of
the board was extremely difficult due to the fact that
the number of applicants for pensions far exceeded all
expectations of those who fathered this bill in the legis-
It was believed by the supporters of the bill that
the sum of $12,000 would be sufficient to pension all
applicants, but when the bill came up before the legisla-
ture it was announced, and finally passed, appropriating
$20,000 for pensions and it was thought that this would
be ample to provide a fair allowance for all who might
As 1 the pension act did not carry the emergency it
did not go into effect until July of this year, the first
quarter thus ending October 1st. No money whatever
has been available prior to this date, Dur'ng this time
the applications arrived in large numbers' until the tital
number on file at the time the board met amounted to
2,908. Many of these, of course were Ineligible, and to
have divided the appropriation among so many would
have reduced each individual's allowance to such a pit-
tance as to have been of no benefit to anyone and re-
sulted in a mere dissipation of the funds, without doing
any real good.
Therefore the board was 1 forced to a rigid inter-
pretation of the law, that only the most needy might
be placed on the pension rolls, taking into considera-
tion the age and degree of indigency of the applicant.
No doubt many who have been rejected may f?el that
they are indeed worthy, and the board does not ques-
tion that, yet it must be realized that there are others
whom the board found to be in much greater need and
with the information at hand the idea of the board was
to impartially judge of the needs of each applicant and
include as many applicants in the grant as possible and
still provide a sum for each to be of some benefit
The total number of pensioners is 979 and the
amount granted each $5.00 per quarter, Jt will be
useless for any one to make inquiry of the board as to
whether or not their application was granted, as due
notice will be sent to both those allowed and rejected
just as rapidly as it is possible to get them out wUh
the limited amount of help available in the office for this
purpose. By refraining from unnecessary correspondence
the board will be enabled to forward tD those who are
pensioners the necessarv claim papers much sooner.
While it will take ten days or more to attend to this!
yet no one need feel that their application h*s been
slighted or forgotten, for all have received attention and
due notice will be received just as soon as possible.
This represents the final action of the board and as
they do not meet in regular session again until next
January there is no appeal from their decision.
The members of the State Pension Board, are: W.
L. Alexander, State Treasurer; Gen. Thos. D. Bard, of
Bushyhead; Gen. D. M. Hailey, of McAlester; J. W.
Harris', of Oklahoma City, and Wm. D. Matthews, State
Commissioner of Charities and Corrections, all of whom,
with the exception of Mr. Alexander are confederate vet-
erans and Mr, Alexander is the son of a confederate
veteran. W. L. CLARK,
Secretary Pension Board,
— Daily Oklahoman
Z>ougla« H. Cooper Camp No» 1401
U. C. V. at Caddo.
John. M. Hall, Captain, 8th Tennessee Infantry, Caddo.
A. E. Fulsom, Private, * 3rd Arkansas Infantry, Caddo.
T. A. Alexander, Private, 3rd Arkansas Infantry, Caddo.
Samuel Walker, Private, 1st Tennessee Infantry, Caddo.
W. M. Broadrick, Private, Morgan's Cavalry, Caddo.
W. E. Blakeney, Private, 26th Miss. Infantry, Caddo.
Joe M. Evans, Private, Arkansas Infantry, Caddo.
B. P. Farmer, Private, 8th Missouri Cavalry, Caddo.
J. K. Bass, Private, 26th Texas Cavalry, Caddo.
J. W. Rains, Private, 26th. Misssissippi Infantry, Caddo,
W. G. Ward, Private, Texas Cavalry, Caddo.
J. L. Sergeant, Captain, 2nd Misissippi Infantry, Caddo.
T. J. Clark, Private, Alabama Infantry, Caddo.
John Miller, Private, 26th Texas Infantry, Caddo.
Benj. Humphries, Private, 2nd. Missouri Infantry, Caddo.
P. H. Crenshaw.
G. B. Tucker.
John M. Hall,
A, E. Fulsoms, Camp Commander.
Stonewall Jackson Camp No. 1559 U. O. V.,
G. M. Power, Private, 16th Mo. Inft, Wapanucka.
G. M. Street, Private, 34th Miss. Inft., Wapanucka.
A, W. Dumas, Ord. Sgt., 11th Ala. Inft., Wapanucka.
G. L. Dudley, Private, Shelby's Com. Mo., Wapanucka.
D, P. Gentry, Private, 31st Miss. Inft., Wapanucka.
F. M. Jackson, Private, 7 th Tenn. Cavl., Wapanucka.
C. C. Jackson, Private, Texas Home Guards, Wapanucka.
Lee Stephens, Private, 8th Ark. Inft., Wapanucka.
J. T. Mosely, Fir&t Sgt., 11th Texas Inft., Wapanucka.
Burrel Nash, Private, 2nd La, Inft., Clarita.
E. E. Pritchard, Private, 5th Ala. Inft., Wapanucka.
W. T. Pounds, Private, 7th Miss. Inft., Clarita.
Hugh Tasbett, Private, 11th Texas ArtiL, Clarita.
J.N. Walton, Private, 10th Ark. Inft., Bromide.
Mortuary List of Camp.
B. F. Beavers, Private, 28th Texas Infantry.
W. G. Ball, Private, 5th Tennessee Cavalry.
J. L. Crabtree, 1st Liteutenant, 1st Arkansas Battalion.
G. M. Powers 1 ,
A. W. Dumas, Camp Commander.
MISS RUTH DUNLAP,
The reunion of ^Confederate Veterans at Washington
City, was a most enjoyable occasion. Not an unpleas-
ant incident occurred so far as we know. The meeting
of "the Blue and the Gray" was a heartfelt, patriotic
feast. It was said that Washington never, in its history,
witnessed a parade equal to that. Many of the y:unger
people of the north came down to see and shake hands
with men who fought the war on behalf of the south,
and their greeting was most cordial. We wish and hope
that this meeting may inspire our people everywhere to
truer and more enthusiastic patriotism in this hour of
peril and need of our country. I am sure I speak tha
sentiment of every Confederate veteran, when I say there
is no sacrifice we would, for a moment, hes'tate to make,
if opportunity offers, in any service within our power.
Many thanks to and love to all friends whose hearts
followed us to the National Capital,
A beautiful incident occurred at the close of our
meeting. Representatives of Oklahoma, in separate sbs'-
sion, met and unanimously adopted, a resolution offered
by our own Judge Treadwell, with numerous seconds,
electing the lovely Ruth Dunlap, of Wilburton, Okla-
homa, "Oklahoma's Sweetheart." She is a grand-daugh-
ter of Ex-Principal Chief Dukes, of the Choc taws, a
half-breed Choctaw, well educated and a most estimable
young lady. All would know the reason of the honor
thus sought to be conferred upon her had they witnessed
her gentle, tender attention to "the boys" on our way
to and in Washington. She seemed to feel that each was
her especial care, and of course, we all "fell in love with
her." She is ever hereafter to the Confederate Vet-
erans, "Oklahoma's Sweetheart.'' A. S. McKennon.
JEFF-LEE CAMP NO. 68 CELEBRATES AND
June 23rd., 1917.
The annual picnic of Jeff-Lee Camp No. 68 was
celebrated on the 23rd. instead of 20th. as is usual.
Notwithstanding the weather was hot there was a fine
attendance and everyone brought a bountiful basket to
make sure the inner man would be radiantly happy.
A splendid program was provided and was very
much enjoyed by the Veterans, Sons and Daughters.
Invocation by Comrade, Rev. Treadwell.
"Dixie" by all present.
Next on the program was a delightful reading by
Miss Margaret Grady.
Capt. A. S. McKennon responded to a request foi
impressions of the Washington trip. His talk was most
interesting especially to those who were not so fortunate
as to be in the party making the trip.
Mrs. Robinson entertained with a beautiful numbei
en the violin that met with an encore.
Miss Marion Naylor then regaled the veterans with
one of her inimitable readings. She has entertained
the veterans before and it is needless to say that she
always charms and is held as one of the "regulars" at a
meeting of the veterans.
Gen. J. J. McAlostor, was called on then to give
an address on the subject of "military training" in our
schools. He handled the subject splendidly and when
he was 1 through all were convinced that it was the thing
Capt. James Reed then responded, to a call for
some old time music not on the violin but the "fiddle."
It was real music and everyone enjoyed the numbers
There were several short talks by veterans all 'of
which were enjoyed by those present.
After the entertainment the ladies "set" the table
and when "mess" was announced there was 1 a grand rush
for the good things. The spread gave no indication of
the high cost of living as it was diverse and bountiful.
After all had been satisfied inwardly they repaired
to the cemetery where the graves of the soldiers were
Benediction was then pronounced by Brother Tread-
well and the gathering made its way home after having
enjoyed a splendid outing.